I thought I'd share a horrible little story about my boy, who went on a horrible adventure today. Let's make this an opportunity to tell each other about all of the heart stopping moments in your lives with your fish!
I came home a few minutes ago, and went about my business, cleaning a hamster cage, and turning tank lights on for my fishies. The last stop was with BLU, my first and favorite fish. He sits in a 2.5 gallon heated tank at my computer desk, so we spend lots of time together.
Now lately, BLU has developed a nasty little habit of nosing his substrate around, trying to find little extra bits of food, or anything else that might be of vague interest to a fine fish of his tastes.
I turned his light on. And then... No fish. I couldn't find him anywhere! I checked under and in the roots of his plants, looked in the filter and in the light housing in case he jumped. I even checked around my desk and in the floor on the off chance that he managed to jump JUST right to get out of the tank. I was so worried. I even ran around the apartment looking for remains if the cat had managed to fish him out somehow.
Just when I had given up, heartbroken, I went back to the tank to shut off the light and unplug everything, and then I heard a noise. Just a weird little rattling sound around the tank. It kept happening every few seconds and I couldn't figure out what it was. I poked around in the tank a little bit more, and then all of a sudden BLU shoots out from UNDERNEATH his under gravel mini heater. He shot straight up and almost out of the water grabbing a breath. He had nosed so much gravel out of the way that he got under the heater, and I guess he was the victim of a substrate cave in.
I'm not sure how long he was stuck under there, but he seems to be fine now. He was breathing a little hard at first, and his fins were clamped, but he's decided that adventuring must be alright. I fed him, and now he's back to nosing around in the substrate looking for goodies.
Tell me your betta stories.