My first new killies have arrived and it is a thrill to see them in their new homes. Thanks to Steve and all his crew at Wet Pets I am now the proud owner of a pair of Aus. nigripinnis and a small (10) shoal of Apl. normanni. I am expecting a few more annuals next week. The nigripinnis are in a ten gallon tank with a bowl of peat moss and some mops for cover. The lampeyes are in a 30-gallon tank in my living room and seem quite happy with all the space.
I know it sounds rather trite, but I am just excited to go down into the cellar and piddle around with things again. My brine shrimp hatcheries are up and running and I am getting a few of my old white culture boxes into shape. All I need are white worms and Grindals if I can get them.
The real truth of things is that I let everything go after my heart attacks and it shows. I am having to clean literally everything in the basement to get it to where I am happy. I am rather limited in my stamina these days. Do a little work, take a break … do a little more, take another break. Of course the breaks set me to thinking about what I might change or do in the fish room. I both hate and love the idea of having 100+ tanks again. But do I really want to work that hard?
Fortunately, the fish are in a small side room (even with over 100 tanks) off the main basement. Sadly, my old refrigerator did burn out and so I will have to replace it. I suspect I will probably just purchase a small freezer since the main reason for it is frozen foods.
The other thing I want to do this time is build a decent incubator for my annual eggs. I do not need a large one and goodness knows there are a hundred configurations I can consider. Right now I am thinking about simply buying a metal cabinet and using tank water heater in a gallon jar. The only negative to that is making sure I do not forget to add water most days as it evaporates. I might come up with something else, however, but I not going back to the old stick a box near the ceiling. I have a little time.
The other thing I really need to get my greedy little fingers on is plants. I guess I will have to buy some Java Moss and water sprite on Aquabid to get started. I was stunned to find some duckweed that appears to be green and alive in tanks that had seen no light in at least a year. I moved it to a tank where the lighting system is up and working to see if it catches. I don’t love duckweed, but it is a good cover plant to deter some fish (Rivulus) from jumping.
I did go to PetSmart yesterday (which is a 100-mile round trip) and picked up some frozen brine shrimp and found some hygrophila there, so I grabbed that. I was considering some guppies, but found out they don’t carry females for the most part. The few that were there were separate and they had no idea which color form they came from. Sad state of affairs when most of their fish can not be paired up (gouramies and dwarf cichlids were the same way – no females). I guess me and Aquabid were going to become close friends for a while.
Well, who knows what I will grip about tomorrow 🙂 .