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.
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.
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.
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?