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I spent the afternoon taking down my tub pond this
afternoon, and instead of the depressing job I envisioned,
it was full of surprises. The trio of Sunburst Platies
that I put in the spring had turned into about 30, but I
suppose that's not such a surprise.
What was a surprise is that I also found 2 young Siamese
Algae Eaters. Since I had never put any fish other than
the Platies into the tank, I can only assume they were
introduced as eggs in plants that I moved from my tanks.
I also found another species of fish, and I'm not sure what
it is. It doesn't look like anything I keep in my tanks,
but I also bought plants from Paradise Water Gardens, so I
suppose eggs could have hitch-hiked from there too. It
looks Cichlid-ish, with vertical bars. Could it be a baby
Sunfish? I thought they laid their eggs in sand pits, not
plant leaves. Any other guesses?
The next surprise was that one of the plant pots was
absolutely _full_ of Glossostigma, a plant that I did not
intentionally introduce to the system. Finally, The Rotala
macrandra which I _did_ put in the pond is covered with
flower buds! Now the problem is that I want to see the
flowers open, and I'm afraid frost will get them if I leave
them outside. OTOH, I suspect I will lose the blooms if
they don't get the sun they need. So for now, I'll leave
them in a bucket, and move them into the barn at night, and
put them outside during the day. If they open, I'll see if
I can upload a photo.
Aquatic Gardeners Association