Leroy is our turtle who rules our 110 gallon aquarium. Up until this morning my life long love affair with turtles never contemplated a world in which turtles were predators. Yes I know it’s silly but honestly it never once crossed my little gray cells that any creature so peaceful looking was a predator.
Leroy has permanently disabused me of that notion this morning. We just received our order of frogs, shrimp, muscles, and a crab for the tank. Tomorrow the plants we ordered for the tank will be arriving and then I will be posting about how dramatically different our experience has been with two aquatic live order houses.
There’s a couple of the muscles, which are hopefully safe from Leroy’s endless hunger. By the way, Leroy is a girl despite her name. We released the frogs and other aquatic additions after Leroy had finished eating. I was thinking to myself how this was a smart idea on our part since she would be so full she’d have little interest in new movement in the tank. I mean she ignores the fish in the tank, and some of them were very tiny when they first came into Leroy’s domain.
I was wrong! Apparently nothing quite polishes off a meal like a desert of Dwarf African Frogs. Within ten minutes of the frogs being released, Leroy had consumed 2 of 20 frogs. Now mind you last time we added anything to the tank it was live plants and guess how long those long, leafy beauties lasted? DAYS That’s right, Leroy is the single most expensive consumer of food products in this house. $200 living salad bars, live frogs, and her normal allotment of turtle food and shrimp treats.
You can just barely make out of the ghost shrimps in the picture above. Hopefully they are so difficult to see that they remain out of Leroy’s field of vision.
There is the crab we got today. He is an active little sucker and I’m hoping his pinchers are sufficient deterrent to Leroy’s hopes of having crab anytime in the near future!