• They’ve Arrived!

    A Story In Photos

    The FedEx driver was very worried about whether or not the contents of this box were going to be okay. He was holding it protectively until I assured him I would unpack then immediately and they would be fine. He handed me the box over my gate and we went our separate ways.

    Upon opening the box, the first thing I saw was an interior box made out of styrofoam. This wasn’t my first time unpacking mail-order fish, but its always kind of exciting!

    I lifted off the top piece of styrofoam and saw 4 bags, inflated with air, snuggly packed in the box. Because they were all triple bagged, I couldn’t really see the fish inside the bags clearly except to see that they were all alive and didn’t appear to be too distressed.

    I floated the bags on the surface of the aquarium to bring the temperature of the water in the bags to the same temperature as the water in the aquarium. This takes about 20 minutes or so.

    After I had temperature acclimated my new babies, I carefully cut the bags open one at a time and reached in with one hand to carefully scoop each fish out of the bag and release it into the tank. The dirty water in the bags was thrown out.

    Normally, I would house new fish in a quarantine tank for a few weeks, but all of my fish have come directly from King Koi Goldfish and they have already gone though a 2 week quarantine where they’ve been treated for parasites and illness. I trust KKG to send me health fish and all these fish look to be in great health.

    Fish from Petsmart? They would absolutely be put in quarantine!

    I gave my new beauties several hours to settle in before I gave them a light dinner. The demekinis very bold, and was immediately swimming in the front of the tank. The little ranchu and the two tiny pearlscales are much shyer, but tonight before I turned out their light, I saw the tiny babies swimming more towards the front.

    Here’s a (rather shaky) video of everyone swimming around.

    I had a few comments that I really should switch to a canister filter now and I am- I have one on order and it should be here in about 10 days. I’m super excited about some other planned upgrades to the goldfish tank as well!

    A year ago I thought goldfish were cool, but I never realized how fulfilling they are as pets. They’re like sweet little water piggies, with the fancies being a bit bumbling and clumsy. I love them so much!

  • New Friends, Old Friends

    This is mostly going to be a photo dump. I’ve got some new goldfish friends coming probably on Tuesday afternoon. Two of which I selected the exact fish, and 2 which the good folks at King Koi & Goldfish will pick out for me.

    The tank of little orange and white pearlscales is where they will choose two little guys for me. The demekin and ranchu I specifically chose. I’m super excited to see them arrive!

    Here’s a berried mama shrimp, a juvenile shrimp, and the quick little blurs of some of the 15+ new platy fry I had born two nights ago. I finally stuck my arm in there and fished out the plant weight rings that no longer have plants in them, the dead root clusters from plants that did not survive, a bulb that was half gone, and I gave the tank a really good cleaning.

    I have so many mystery snails in there that my nitrate levels are way too high after a week, so last night I drained the tank to 30%, refilled it, and drained it again, giving it a 90% water change. That got my nitrates down to 5 ppm, so hopefully if I keep doing double water changes I can keep things under control and not lose any more platties.

    I found and removed 4 mystery snail egg clusters from the living room tank this evening and I need to remove the hood from the other two tanks and check them for eggs too. I do NOT need any more mystery snails! Ideally I would like 3 snails per tank and I have 15 with the goldfish, 5 with the cory cats, and there must be 40 in the the platties.

    Okay. one last photo. My boys were trying to tell me they wanted to come back inside this morning… LOL.

    They’ve got both their big heads shoved thru the window. Hey! Mama! We’re done with outside now, okay?

  • Mid-Point

    We’re about halfway through the Spring semester and I’m ready for it to end. I have a math quiz to take tomorrow, then a math exam, a Spanish midterm on Friday and also an A&P II exam. And i have a Spanish assignment due this week plus a project I need to work on. It’s just so much and i honestly don’t even know if my grades are going to pull up enough to actually pass my classes this semester. It’s so frustrating.

    In happier news, I’ve gained two penpals, which is a completely new thing for me. I’ve never really written letters but with being stuck at home, I need a little more distraction then the usual hobbies and crafts. We’ll see how that goes… Lol. So far I’ve written each of them a letter, and I’ve been looking up cute stationary, but not finding any I love yet. I did order stamps though with cute frogs on them. 😍

    Tomorrow I need to do some Spanish make-ups and study for my midterm, plus clean up the kitchen a bit, take trash out, and put some stuff away in my craft room. I might also try to cut a few cards with the Silhouette from cardstock.

  • The Root of Him

    Oh! She inhaled sharply, audibly, as she saw the very root of him. It was thick, veiny, protruding like another limb. The root of him. It fit, being somewhat red, like a large radish.

    photo seen on Twitter
  • Falling Behind

    I’m feeling so overwhelmed right now, between school, and trying to keep up a normal idea of life with this damn virus going around. We had a week off from classes, and suddenly I’m behind. My grades are in the gutter right now. I’m struggling.

    Tonight I had 6 sections of math due and two quizzes. I managed to get 4+ sections and one quiz done, so I’ll be finishing the rest tomorrow afternoon…. Which is when the electrician is supposed to come to I might now have electricity/internet for a few hours. Grrr.

    I also have about an hour of Spanish homework to finish tomorrow and get through at least 3 assignments for A&P II and my brain is just going “say fuck it. Don’t even bother,” because it’s so much work.

    I know if I take my time and actually do things in the chunks that align with the due dates and a little more, I’ll be caught up before spring break, which is next week.

    But ugh. Right now I just feel like giving up.

    I can’t even say a little retail therapy is helping, because it’s not, but I am getting some cleaning and organizing done, and by the time this quarentine is lifted, my car is going to be filled with donations for thrift.

  • Today Can Eat a Bag of Dicks

    Today started out okay. Tejony didn’t fuss too much, the weather was good enough the boys could spend a few hours outside and I had tasty leftovers for breakfast.

    But it didn’t stay a good day. Sunday night I noticed a little fungus growing on Tank’s wen. That was after I saw some on a snail’s shell. I immediately started treating the tank with malachite green and aquarium salt. Last night I noticed Tank looked a little bloated, but maybe it was my imagination. He was still acting normally.

    At noon today, Tank was horribly distended, and starting to bottom sit. I gently scooped him up in my hand, and there was no pineconing, no discoloration or any obvious things wrong except the tiny bit of fungus, and his swollen body. I was already doing water changes every 12 hours since I started treating the tank. Water parameters were pristine.

    By 5pm, Tank was even more swollen. Like a water balloon about to burst, and he was dead. His body didn’t float and was very heavy, and I can only assume the swelling was some horrible fluid retention. I have no idea what caused this or why it took him so quickly, but he was my favorite fish.

    I’ll do another water change tonight, and treat for fungus tomorrow afternoon and the next day with more water changes. I’m crushed, because Tank was the fish that made me definitely decide to jump into fancy goldfish. He looked just like a little black manatee.

    Swim in peace, little dude.

  • This Week

    This week has been pretty good so far. I know it’s only Tuesday night, but I mean, that’s almost halfway through.

    Monday morning I took a much needed shower, and then fixed Rafael’s TV which he claimed for broken for 4 days. It was not broken; he just changed the input source and didn’t know it. A five second fix. Easy peasey!

    I was running late by then so I missed lecture and got out of lab early. Then I went to the barber shop and got my hair cut. I feel 100% more human, and way less muppet.

    I popped by a few thrift shops but no one had anything I wanted. Then I took myself to lunch at Applebee’s. It’s not fancy but I just wanted to have a nicer, sit-down meal, even if it was by myself. Then I went home.

    Last week I had picked up 3 Bolivian Ram cichlids and 6 panda cories. Almost immediately, I lost one of the cories and all three of the rams thanks to fungus that came with the female rams. Ugh. The remaining five cories are doing well though and I’ve finished treating the tank for the fungal outbreak.

    I had an unexpected windfall and was able to pay off a good chunk of my debt, so now my account with Dell is paid in full, and all but $200 of my debt with Affirm is also paid off. And I put a large chunk into savings too.

    Today I did the dishes, picked up some trash, and cleaned up after the dogs. I also changed the water in all three aquariums. My algae scraper arrived today and it works pretty well on the curved glass of the bowfront tank. I also had more fungal medication delivered so I have it on hand, just in case.

    I made up a batch of Repashy for the goldies, which they actually ate this time. I have a new sponge filter and air pump on the way, and I made an offer on a 40 gallon tank and stand that I’ll be picking up at the end of the month. I have no idea where I’m going to put it.

    I also bought a fiddle leaf fig and a philodendron brasil. Because plants!

    Right now I’m ripping DVDs to digital and watching some TV before I go to bed. Tomorrow I have lecture, and then I can head home and do whatever. Maybe I’ll remember to make a note of which colors of embroidery floss I still need.

  • Un Mal Restaurante

    Hola! Yo habla a ustedes de restaurante famosa (redacted). Ellos tienen muchas comidas deliciosa. La pasta y pollo son muy bueno. Yo disfruto el té y el Mt Dew. Los camareros son por lo general muy bueno.

    Pero hoy yo estoy no feliz. Yo llegue a el restaurante en ocho y media y yo espere una hora. Ellos trajeron un hamburguesa y no una ensalada! Yo no come carne!

    Yo estoy muy infeliz y yo come en me casa ahora!