I went outside this morning and was on my way to an appointment so didn't have any extra time but I went to peak at the fish like I often do
?There was a 11 inch catfish laying on top!!!! of the tank cover???
There is a little gap off to one side near the feeder but to have gotten up onto the cover by the feeder then some how get on top of the higher bit of cover over the center of the tank was quite a feat. <shaking head>
Why does the inexplicable always happen when you are in a rush? Sigh. Arg but the darn thing was still alive?!? I got it back into the tank and it swam feebly away from me but I wasn't holding out much hope for it. See an 11 inch catfish is small in that tank with several 5+ pound fat-cats waiting to chew on the little guys if they get the chance.
Sadly, When I got back after my appointment, that fish was looking even worse for wear. I decided to take action and put it out of it's misery and give the ducks/chickens a protein treat.