Ethical dilemma

Remember Albert, our algae eater?

It seems he has grown ornery in his old age. He killed all our other fish.

Granted, I can’t say that for sure, but when I came downstairs a couple of weeks ago, the neons were all dead, and their little fins were showing signs of a struggle.

Now we’re supporting a murderer, and we’re afraid to get any other fish to put in the tank, for fear they also will become a midnight snack while we’re sleeping.

Albert hides in his cave all day (probably out of guilt), and isn’t really offering the interaction with nature that we were looking for out of an aquarium.

It seems cruel to just flush him, doesn’t it? But I can’t say I’m not tempted to do so.

5 Responses to “Ethical dilemma”

  1. Anonymous

    In Massachusetts they would give him an ankle braclet, and sentence him to receiving counseling.Don’t think things are done that way in NC.Pop


  2. cascadingwaters

    I could be him. Sometimes algae eaters go bad…Maybe you could put him alone in a smaller tank and start over in the big one? With snails, maybe?And, Dad, fish don’t have ankles!


  3. Kelly

    According to an email I received not long ago, “He needed killin'” is an acceptable defense here.


  4. Amber Benton

    We had the same thing happen for awhile, but then one day Clingon (aptly named for an algae eater, don’t you think?)died, and the guppies must have done a number on him because all we ever found was his skeleton floating behind the big cave he liked to hang out in there. If you hear your guppies all making a mad dash for the cave yelling, “Freedom!” you’ll know what’s coming!!


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