“A fish tank isn’t a pet… it’s a TV that you gotta feed”
Since I set up my aquarium at the beginning of November, I’ve had some successes and a couple losses. Unfortunately, I’ve had to put a pre-filter sponge on the filter intake as the slots in the intake are apparently large enough for a frog to get its legs sucked into (oops). All things considered for a new tank setup, it has been doing well. Larger tanks thankfully don’t need to be cleaned as often as small tanks as they can get a better bacteria cycle established, so other than daily feedings, it’s been pretty low maintenance. All the plants you see are still real (though this qualifies as “lightly planted” as far as aquariums go, I believe). I haven’t had to switch to silk/plastic plants yet, and they’re the only plants in the house that Mia hasn’t tried to eat (yet)!
My betta, Spike, is still thriving, and still seems to be the only fish that has made the connection between the lid getting opened, and getting fed. He’s much prettier in person – he’s a little washed out in the photo, and he’s got kind of a metallic shine.
My bristle-nose plecostamous (Roomba) has more than doubled in size since I got it – it was just barely an inch long and nearly impossible to find in the tank back in November, and now she’s over 2 inches long. The coloring is very similar to that of the gravel in my tank, but since they like to hide that works out well in her favor. The only downside is that she’s… a she. The males have bristles on their noses when they’re larger that look pretty cool, but the females don’t. However, my main interest in that particular species was that they will only get to 5 or 6 inches long, while some types will get over two feet long… and I just don’t have room for that in my tank!
Along with three new frogs, I picked up a couple new fish today: two Sunburst Platys (Plati?) and one Sunburst Mickey Mouse Platy. They’re probably a little over an inch or so long right now, and the card at the pet store said they’ll get up to 2 inches long. I was looking for a splash of a new color, and the one with the Mickey Mouse silhouette on it’s tail was too fun to pass up. These fish could also get interesting in that they are live bearers, and I have no idea what gender of fish I just bought! That could be fun if I can keep offspring from getting eaten by other fish in the tank.
I found it odd that I had to sign a sheet at Petsmart that basically informed me that I could get salmonella from handling the frogs, since they’re classified as amphibians rather than just aquarium inhabitants. Mostly I find it odd because it’s not like sticking my hands in an aquarium that fish have been pooping in and then not washing my hands is fabulous for me either. I narrowly refrained from making a crack about cooking them to well done, rather than doing sushi or medium-rare, but I figured there was a risk I wouldn’t get my frogs if I started joking about eating them.
I’ve noticed I seem to buy fish in odd numbers, and I’m not really sure why. Three makes more sense that four, and five makes more sense than four or six. For neon tetras? Somehow a baker’s dozen – thirteen – just sounded better than twelve! But then, I’m a little odd too 😉
The platys are still new in the tank this evening, but everybody has been getting along very well, even if the pleco ends up trying to eat algae off of a frog occasionally… but consider its eyes are the size of pinpoints, I don’t think that’s quite intentional! Between the tank size, and nobody else having long, flowing fins, even Spike is getting along with all of the other inhabitants, and most people are used to bettas being solitary fish. I’ve also been extra lucky that Monkey has been content to watch the fish from the back of a nearby chair, rather than trying to get into the tank to catch the fish!