Thursday I had some packages coming my way that I was super excited about. Excited enough that I was checking tracking every two hours and practically placing pushpins on a map to follow its progress.
What could be so exciting coming by way of FedEx, you ask?
I order 3 beautiful fancy goldfish, plus a couple of plants last Friday, and they shipped out on Wednesday evening. At around noon on Thursday, FedEx pulled up and delivered a rather unassuming cardboard box to my front gate. The box weight 11 pounds and the water could be heard gently sloshing inside it as I carried it into the house.
I opened the box, which was heavy cardboard, and was greeted by an insulted panel which I lifted off the top. Under this panel were 4 plastic bags, plump with water and oxygen, and 3 of them contained a single goldfish. The fourth was actually two bags and contained my plants.
I read up on King Koi’s shipping methods before my new water puppies arrived and they are pretty interesting, but definitely smart. Once fish are sold, they are fasted for 3 days to minimize waste during shipping. The bags are then topped off with pure oxygen, to give the fish maximum breathable air.
Anyway, as I removed the bags from the box, I saw each fish was relaxed, not showing signs of distress, healthy looking, and beautiful! I floated their bags on the tank’s surface for 20 minutes to acclimate them to the tank’s temperature, and then gently scooped each fish out with my clean hands and placed it into the tank.
They immediately began swimming around, checking out the tank, plants, and the sand, and seemed pretty happy to actually have room to move around again.
I’m sure you actually want to see then now, right?
First up in Tank, a black Ranchu. Seeing tank on the King Koi website sold me on ordering online rather than taking my chances at Petco or Petsmart. His cute chubby body, roached back, and stubby fins were too adorable.
Then I saw Birdie. Birdie is a Crown Pearlscale and the fact she looks like she swallowed a golf ball was too much to resist! Birdie is a little shy compared to the other two.
Finally, there’s Juice. Juice is a Ryukin and I did not select him specifically but rather selected an assortment of calico ryukins and just requested one with a lot of orange.
Juice will eventually outgrow the tank, since ryukins are typically bigger at maturity then varieties like the ranchu and pearlscales, so before the end of the year, I’ll be setting up another larger tank to move Juice to along with a buddy I’ll get for him then.
In the early morning on the 26th, we got about eight inches of snow. It was expected, but because we don’t get a lot of snow here, we were unprepared for what happened.
We ended up snowed in for about twenty-four hours, and the power was out for 42 hours. The landline is still out. We already don’t have heat in the house, so really it was just more frivolous creature comforts we were missing, plus lights. The kittens though living in the dark for 2 days was great. I did not.
We kept small devices charged in my car and I did a lot of reading. Internet was barely strong enough via data connection to chat on messenger. I was almost bored enough to start crocheting a new blanket.
The worst part of all this was for my aquarium. Without heat, the temp dropped down into the very low 60’s, maybe lower. My fish are tropical, so I wasn’t sure they would survive.
When the power did come back on, Herman was on her back, barely breathing. I immediately started replacing about 6 gallons of tank water with hot water to raise the temp into the low 70’s over the course of an hour. I also moved Herman into the floating Betta log so she’d hopefully get more oxygen as well as warmer water.
After raising the temp to about 73°, I let the heater do the rest. Herman stayed in the log for 14 hours, then finally started swimming around the tank. She seems to be okay now.
I lost one dwarf pencilfish and maybe a danio, but I still have quite a few shrimp, my snails are active, and my super pregnant platy looks even bigger.
I’ve also ordered mylar blankets and a battery operated air pump in case this happens again.
The last few days have been crazy. I’ve been feeling under the weather for a couple weeks, with an elevated heart rate. Wednesday I finished my Anatomy exam and took myself to the ER. My heart rate was sitting at about 130 and they ran all kinds of tests. An EKG, blood, urine, chest x-ray, and a CT scan because they thought I might have a blood clot in my chest. They couldn’t find anything wrong with me, just a mysteriously rapid heart beat.
By midnight I had horrible heartburn, and driving home at almost 3am, I had to pull over twice to vomit. To make things even better, I dropped my glasses into the vomit, and I shit myself a little. That was a fun drive home.
Thursday afternoon, my mom was in town after work and some dumb test turned left in front of her when she had the right of way. Her truck is totaled, the other car is, and today we went into town to pick up her rental.
It’s a almost brand new Lexus 3 0 i and it’s dripping with leather and power everything. It’s really, really nice. She hates it because it’s different from her truck. After we got the car, we went to get lunch and she wasn’t too impressed with the food. I feel a little bad that everything this week is making her unhappy.
A few days before all this I went to town to get fish food and I came home with no fish food and 6 platys. The platys are fun to watch, little pops of color swimming around nibbling the plants. I do hope they have babies though. There’s 3 sunsets and 3 blue wags. I’m honestly not sure if there are any males though, most of them look female to me.
I did some Googling and the black tetras are black Neon tetras. They’re pretty flashy for not having bright colors, which means I can really enjoy them without Lola feeling threatened by them.
Since my tank is mostly stocked now I went ahead and ordered some stuff for the boys. A new bed for Tejony, toys, treats, and a can of freeze dried brine shrimp for the fishes.
I have another bag nearly filled with donations and I’m hoping to finish filling it plus a second bag over the weekend. I’d also like to get some crafting done today but I dunno about that… Lol.
I ended up with a 29 gallon instead of a 20 long- same footprint but a bit taller. Lola still hates the guppies but not as aggressively now that there’s a lot more space. I did lose one (never did see the body) but the other two are doing well. I’ve also added 8 zebra danios and 6 black tetras. There’s also a black mystery snail and a gold inca snail. I’ve added more plants too which I hope take off and grow like mad. I might add a bristlenose pleco if I can find one but that should be about it.
I destashed and donated 4 bags of craft supplies, finished crafts, and books, plus the two small acrylic tanks and all their accessories. That let me free up quite a bit of space so I could clean up a bit more. I have a few boxes to break down and take out still, plus a comic book box that housed sewing patterns that I can unfold and store in the closet.
Last week on the 5th I started class. BIOSCI100. Its mostly review for me so far but its fun. Not too challenging but we’ll see how I do on the first exam. I still need to find a partner for the presentation we have to give and choose a topic. I have a few ideas but gotta find a partner first.
I woke up today starving but I couldn’t eat because I needed to go do fasting blood work for labs at my new Dr’s. I’m thinking okay, go in, a quick stick, and I can eat, do whatever else, and go home.
I had to wait over an hour before they called me in. Then I see they don’t have a dedicated person to draw blood. This won’t be good. I tell her I’m a hard stick, my veins are tiny, deep, and they hide.
She sticks me in the crook of my left elbow after I tell her that’s my good arm. No blood. She sticks me in the middle of my left forearm. No blood.
She questions if she should try again. I tell her I didn’t starve for nothing and I’m not leaving until she gets her samples.
She looks at my right arm, and spies a vein in my right hand. She sticks it…. And blood drips one drop at a time into the tube.
Ten minutes later, she has less than an inch of blood in each of three tubes. She hands me a cup to pee in. I had to the bathroom, pee in the cup, and apologize for being a hard stick. She apologizes for sticking me three times… Lol.
I had to McDonald’s to grab something to eat. Had over to Michael’s to get the floss colors I still need for my project. Bought washi tape I didn’t realize I already had.
Went to Walmart and bought a 6″ box to ship stuff in. Should have gotten 2 of them but I didn’t realize other stuff that won’t fit in padded mailers was going to sell today after I got home.
Went to Petsmart. After much deliberation I chose three male guppies which I intended to put in my vacant 5.5 gallon tank.
Got home with the guppies. Floated them on the tank. Water starts pooling around the tank. It’s not overflow. Shit. Tank is leaking. Bail water into the sink until tank is half empty. Carry tank to the bathroom and sit it in the bathtub.
Float bag with guppies in Lola’s tank. Lola is angry about the intruders. When I release the guppies into the tank, she starts hunting them.
If she’s not settled down by tomorrow, I’ll be picking up a 20 long to set up to replace all 3 small tanks and create a new space with no established territories.
I told Lola to stop being so angry but she’s not listening.
After posting a thread querying about Hermit Crabs, which I decided are not for me for a variety of reasons, I decided to plant my tank, and get pretty snails and shrimp. The shrimp are being picked out in a few days, but the snails are thriving! They have plants and algae & zucchini wafers to nosh on.
And Omg! I had no idea they were going to be so much fun!
I have 1 nerite snail and 4 mystery snails (two gold, one blue, one purple) and they’re way more entertaining than I ever would have thought!
Anyone else a fan of these guys?
When I go to pick out my shrimp, I plan on picking up more plants, plus a few pretty female bettas.
I hope you like the videos – they’re so fun!
I had the weirdest dream. I was at a huge 3 story mall and I had returned something and got $26 back. A $20, a $5, and a $1.
I was walking the mall, and this guy in bad drag picked my pocket and kept pretending to give me back my money but it was all obvious fakes. $3 bills and stuff.
Somehow I knew he was really a fish and I got him to change back to his fish form so I put him in a baggie and took him to the mall cops. He was a danio. But he died in the bag before it was my turn (I had to wait in line until they called my number) and they could make him give my money back.
The mall cop gave me $26 after writing up so crazy report that the pet store overcharged me by that much and a refund was owed, and then I got in my car and drove home.