10 Oct 2005 11 Comments
My youngest daughter and her best friend, our next door neighbor, Austin, are animal lovers, it was them who talked me into a big fish tank. (They tried talking me into much more, but I think supplying my cats with "lunch", birds, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, was not a good idea). So, we ended up with a fish tank. We have mollys, swordtails, and tetras. I have to admit I enjoy it, even though it is me who cleans, feeds, and medicates the little buggers. Our school librarian sent my daughter home with a snail, one, small snail (a Columbian Rams Horn) … I thought, what could it hurt? Well, the snail got the size of a half dollar, and then surprised me, because I had no idea they had both sexes in them… yep you guessed it, tons and tons of baby snails. Like the good neighbor I am, (cough) I found out what neighbor kids had tanks and GENEROUS me, sent them home with their own lil snail! haha My local pet store owner is really nice, so, I gave some to him! I still have a plethora, (I love that word) of snails. I was told, Skunk Botia eat snails, I now have two. I haven’t noticed any difference, so I asked one of the girls at the pet shop, she tells me that little red claw crabs love to eat snails. I bought a little guy, about 1 inch long. I have seen him eatting snails, he holds it in one claw and plucks out the body with the other, then gulps it down. My problem, besides still having too many snails, the damn crab keeps escaping! I bought him last Friday and since then I have found him, on the floor, on the desk that the tank sits on, in the hood to the tank, in the filter to the tank, and in a plant that I have sitting next to the tank! I spend every 20 or 30 minutes or so, knocking his stupid lil butt back into the tank. I’m not enjoying this, he’s about 1 inch long and bears way too much resemblance to a spider (shudder). My question, how is it that I, as Mom get stuck with these wonderful duties after being begged and promised that Lisa and Austin will take care of it all? hmmmmmmm? Back to my original query… anyone for snails or crab legs??????