Cee’s Odd ball Challenge: More than just Fish

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

I am a Piscean and very much a water sign. I have ponds all over my garden and almost every window of the house looks out on one. Many have a Buddah enjoying the calm, some have fish and all are overgrown. Maintenance is not something I do well and I like it that way.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

My fish are two Metynnis argenteus (Silver Dollar fish) which are in the same family as the piranha. This you can well believe when you look at their little mouths full of teeth front on. These are strictly vegetarian. After many months of overcrowding in Roger’s tank of guppies I added a few. I thought they would be eaten in minutes but in reality they are still there and breeding happily. The Piranha is a sadly maligned fish. They are not the carnivorous creatures that will devour a person who dips a toe in the river. They gained their reputation when President Roosevelt was on tour in the Amazon. The local people had dammed a section of the river, trapping a school who then had no food to eat. The fish became starving hungry. At this point they led a cow into the water. The thousands of ravenous fish devoured it. Obviously a party trick for visiting dignitaries and the fish has never lived down this reputation. Normally it does not travel in these vast numbers although it is in large shoals for its own protection. It is omnivorous but does like meat. In the dry season in recent years however, there have been a couple of children who have died as a result of attack as well as a drunk man who fell asleep in a puddle which was also occupied by once again, hungry fish.

Apart from the fish in this photo you can see my kitchen and also myself behind the phone.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

This tank in the wall is home to two goldfish only. There were more but one by one they meet their demise. The tank, the width of the wall, is tiny and the two fish here have grown from fingerlings to a size almost necessitating a somersault to change direction and swim the other way. Soon she will have to go to an outside pond.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

These photos were taken Saturday in my effort to obtain the Bokeh effect. They were a dismal failure in this regard but as Odd Balls?

For Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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22 Responses to Cee’s Odd ball Challenge: More than just Fish

  1. andy1076 says:

    I like your fish tank! the way it is part of the wall instead of sitting on the side, Now as for the silver dollar? I had no idea about that, thank you for the info 🙂

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  3. That first one has me laughing, Irene. Although I put no meaning to it, I’m also a Pieces as is my husband. Next month is our month, right?


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  4. Odd ball or not, I woould like your garden.

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  5. Cee Neuner says:

    I really like your fish photo. Thanks for playing along. I always enjoy your entries.

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  6. joannesisco says:

    From one Pisces to another, I love your fish … especially the first one! He’s adorable 🙂

    I’ve lived near water my entire life (a happy side effect of being Canadian I guess). I can’t imagine otherwise!

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  7. Charli Mills says:

    Vegetarian piranhas would be the sort I’d want to encounter. I had no idea about the back story as to why piranhas had the reputation they have. All your ponds and fish sounds peaceful.

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