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How the HECK! Did that fish manage to get on top of the tank cover?

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.

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Comment by Nate Storey on September 22, 2010 at 4:15pm
I believe it with tilapia fry. If there's a way, they'll find it.
Comment by TCLynx on September 22, 2010 at 4:04pm
They do some amazing things.
I had tilapia fry survive a tour through a gravel bed an into a sump tank before and one of the fish that made that journey then went on to go pump surfing and survived the ride up to a different tank.

I've lost a few small catfish that got caught in a ball valve once though. Definitely need to make sure plumbing grates and screening are on secure with catfish.
Comment by Nate Storey on September 22, 2010 at 3:53pm
oops, circus trick, not trip. . . don't want to give the wrong idea.
Comment by Nate Storey on September 22, 2010 at 3:52pm
TC, I stopped asking the "how did he get there?" question a while ago, when I found a 4 lb. carp in a completely covered and sealed off separate fingerling tank (still no idea how that happend-he's still in there) and watched late one night as a 5 or 6 pound tilapia jumped through two layers of bird netting (tearing through both) flying over a three foot gap, and landing perfectly in a completely separate system. it was like a circus trip. He's still in that settlement tank somewhere, dead or alive.

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