I have so many drafts going it’s ridiculous. And even more ridiculous is that *this* is the topic of my first blog post in a million years.
I just went shopping! In January I bought a new aquarium and tonight I finally ordered the first supplies to get the water cycled. I know it’s dorky but this is the first thing I’ve been excited about in forever. I’ve had so many failures in the past (so, so, so many) but I’ve resolved to do it right. My current tank has been active for over a year and the fish have been doing well.
She is cute, no? Currently I have 1 kuhli loach [Loach the Loach], 2 swordtail [Zangetsu and Benihime], 5 neon tetra [Spaghetti and Meatballs], 2 oto catfish [Otto and Auto] I started with 7 neons: one died before we got home and the other one [Meatball #4] died a few months ago from neon tetra disease. Amazingly, none of the other fish got sick so I don’t consider that too bad. Loach the Loach is all alone and he hides all day. Probably because he’s alone. I didn’t know until recently that they should be in a school of 5+ and then I read that if he hides all day it’s because he thinks all the other loaches have been eaten.
Also, I found out that my swordtail need a 1:3 ratio of male to female because the male will pester the female too much. This is 100% true. That poor girl can’t get a minute to herself. The oto catfish started as a trio but one of them died within a few days of being home so that one is not my fault. Sadly, it worked out because I couldn’t think of a trio of oto homonyms.
My current tank is 10 gallons but I just bought a 40 gallon breeder tank and I’m bouncing off the walls ready to set it up. I’ve painted the back of it black and will paint the 10 and 5 gallon tanks when they’re empty (or at least empty of fish). Ichigo the betta died and it was totally my fault for being neglectful and I feel awful. That didn’t last long at all. I don’t know that I should ever get another betta even though I’d love to have one. Maybe in another year when I’m more responsible. I seriously feel awful about it. *sigh* Anyway, the 10 gallon tank will remain as a quarantine tank for new fish and the 5 gallon tank might get something like shrimp or snails if I actually think I can keep them alive.
I’ve been going over and over and over what I want to do with the new tank. I’m compiling a notebook with drawings, notes, lists and floorplans. I’m a mess. I just want to do it right. I want to do a good job and hang up my fish-murdering hat.
Here is what I bought today: ammonia for cycling, master test kit (I have only been using the strips like a commoner), 2 bags of black sand Flourite and the AquaClear 110 because more filtration is better than enough filtration. I’m sticking with Flourite even though it’s a bit more expensive. It’s what I already have and I’m not confident enough to try something new.
As soon as my goodies come in I’ll start cycling the tank. I am still trying to decide what “centerpiece” fish I want but that won’t be for a couple more months at least. I need to cycle, plant, move the old fish over, set up old tank for quarantine and THEN I will get the new fish to complete the schools I already (should) have. I am also considering switching the neons out for cardinal tetras instead. I also know that this last paragraph is pretty boring for anyone who isn’t into fish keeping.
Anywho, I’m just glad I’m excited about something and I’m hoping I do it right for once. In other news everything is more or less the same so not bad. Chinese New Year is right around the corner, not that I do anything for it but that’s an entirely different matter.