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Jun 14th, 2018 at 1:23pm
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The other weekend I needed to clean out the filter in the small fish pond. It's about the size of a very small bathtub or very large sink. As part of that process I use a large fishnet to scoop up the blanket weed and leaf litter at the bottom of the pond.

There are two goldfish in this pond: Big Ira and Little Ira. Little Ira is the replacement for a larger Ira who was gobbled up by some predator despite the electric shock wire running around the rim of the pond basin.

Well, usually one of the Ira's will get scooped up into the cleaning net, so when I see that, I'll just dump him out before dumping the debris outside the pond. The water gets very murky from all the accumulated algae and debris. This time indeed Little Ira got scooped up, and I did a little wiggle and pull back on the cleaning net. I didn't see him in the net any longer, so I assumed he'd escaped back into the murky pond water. I dumped the debris outside the pond, kind of pawed through it to make sure he wasn't in there. Then resumed cleaning the pond and the filter media. About an hour later with the pond and the filter cleaned out, the water got clear again. But where was Little Ira? Not in the pond.

I got worried at this point. I went back to the area outside the pond where I had dumped the spoils. This time I used a small garden claw or rake to pull the clumps of blanket weed apart.

Lo and behold I saw an orange wiggle and Little Ira popped out. Gingerly I scooped him up by hand and hoped he'd survive. He shot into the water and then kind of sulked in there for the rest of the day.

The next day I went back and it looks like Little Ira recovered from his out of water experience. I'm guessing the blanket weed clump he was trapped in had enough water to keep him moist, an even that he could breathe for a while.

Little Ira: Survivor
  

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Reply #1 - Jun 15th, 2018 at 4:35pm
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Could be that he deserves a new name.

  

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Reply #2 - Jun 20th, 2018 at 10:27pm
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billy.pilgrim wrote on Jun 15th, 2018 at 4:35pm:
Could be that he deserves a new name.



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Why? He's already named after the greatest goldfish of all time.

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Why? He's already named after the greatest goldfish of all time.

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Plus it's on his birth certificate.

I will allow the baptism was a bit tricky... he kept jumping into the font.

  

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Reply #4 - Jun 22nd, 2018 at 2:13am
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Ulysses wrote on Jun 21st, 2018 at 11:53pm:
Plus it's on his birth certificate.

I will allow the baptism was a bit tricky... he kept jumping into the font.



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He probably had to pee. Goldfish have notoriously weak bladders.

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Internet President Bama Beau wrote on Jun 22nd, 2018 at 2:13am:
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He probably had to pee. Goldfish have notoriously weak bladders.

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Bladder but wiser...
  

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Reply #6 - Jun 25th, 2018 at 3:49pm
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Actually Ira was named after his parents, Ira and Irene. Irene was an assistant in a Moscow Circus high trapeze act. Ira was the high trapeze performer. Audiences loved his finishes. From 300 feet up, into a cup of water on the ground. One day Irene forgot to fill the cup, but Ira #2 was already on his way.
  

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Reply #7 - Jun 26th, 2018 at 11:15am
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Ulysses wrote on Jun 25th, 2018 at 3:49pm:
Actually Ira was named after his parents, Ira and Irene. Irene was an assistant in a Moscow Circus high trapeze act. Ira was the high trapeze performer. Audiences loved his finishes. From 300 feet up, into a cup of water on the ground. One day Irene forgot to fill the cup, but Ira #2 was already on his way.


Sad. Very sad.
  
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