This is Frankie:
I’ve only had her since June. In early August my father was watching Frankie and he found roach babies in her tank. (What the fish? The one weekend I ask him to check in on her while I’m out of town she has babies!) I gave him the go-ahead to take care of them. He said he squished about fifteen or twenty. Tonight I found more in there when I went to check her water. I squished around ten or fifteen.
My assumption, since a hisser’s gestation period is sixty days and she’s been without an adult male since June, is that the ones I killed tonight where from the litter in August. I really hope that was the last of them.
I feel a little sad and uncomfortable that I just killed a bunch of Frankie’s babies, but, then again, what the fish?
Also: How have I not noticed extra critters in her tank all this time? That’s something I just don’t understand. I’ve taken her out, and given her food, and replaced her water many times without noticing there were ten to fifteen little roaches crawling around…. how?