07-24-2007, 11:13 AM
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I continue to be amazed at how hardy these fish are.
My latest screwup - I was cleaning the tank, had everything out, including the tube and screen assembly which draws water into the filter. I was done, and put everything back in - except for said tube/screen assembly, which I forgot - and plugged the filter/heater/light back in.
Next thing I know there's a fish sitting on top of the filter media. That can't be good. Without benefit of the screen a fish got "sucked up"! Unplugged everything and got the fish back in the water. He was alive but I didn't expect him to be for long, he was mostly sitting still in the water and looking very stunned. One pectoral fin was missing, with a bloody stump in its place. (Keep in mind the fish somehow survived a trip through the impeller.)
But, lo and behold, within 24 hours he was swimming around like nothing had happened. Wow.