|Yes, the water's cloudy in this pic--no worries, it cleared up quickly after this thanks to the nitrite and nitrate levels balancing.|
Six, for now. Since it's a new aquarium (I keep wanting to spell it acquarium—weird, eh?), we need to wait until it's established before we toss some more fish in there, and start the cycle again. It's a 20 gallon bad boy, so we can add quite a few fishy friends before it's at capacity, but we need to do it slowly.
Cool cool, I can be patient.
What? [Insert baffled self-righteous gasp here.] I totally can. I waited over 20 years to finish reading The Wheel of Time, didn't I?
Since Moggie ran away (selfish a-hole) and possibly got herself eaten (what a tool), we decided to add to our family—but knowing how much of an jerk Moghedien is/was, we'd better not choose someone who might infringe on kitty-cat territory should she actually turn up again (like an asshole would, so my money's on her returning in time for updating shots then bailing on us again).
Enter: the aquarium.
Minette is nonplussed—couldn't care less about the fish. Honestly, she spent a day glaring at them and us in turn—pretty sure she was projecting indignant displeasure as how could we do this to her again?! until I explained to her that unlike Hamster (another asshole pet) if the fish were to escape their cage, they'd die—and now she completely ignores the entire setup.
Cool. I can accept that.
So. Rigged up the aquarium and over the Christmas holidays we went and picked out guppies.
Yep. Guppies. The aquatic equivalent of puppies—and not just because they're phonetically similar. These wee peeps come a
Cool. The kidlets already love that the guppies come to say hi. Perfect. That's about as interactive as I can expect a pet fish to be, so I'm pleased.
There are six guppies all told for now, and we tried to grab ones with different colouring (all males)—though two accidentally match. They're now The Twins.
Their names are Bluety, Spot, Candy Cane, Shine, Sharp, and Rachel.
Sharp and Rachel are The Twins.
I don't judge—they're all naming improvements after Hamster. ::snort::
We'll see how this goes...