Here fishy, fishy…(aka Babies Everywhere!)

Prior to my move-in with Mike, he received a betta in a small tank from his sister Rebecca.  It was the dawn of a new age, the start of life’s great adventure – he and I subsequently became fish people.  And by fish people, I mean complete aquatic self-maintaining environment people.

It may have had something to do with  our natural love of plants.  Mike and I both discovered early on that we love growing things, and about howwe both thougt I live flowering plant was so much nicer than a bouquet that would die quickly, only a passing joy.  I don’t know the number of plants we now have in our house, but there are probably more than you can count with fingers.  So naturally, when Mike decided to get a bigger, more roomy tank for the betta, along with a few cories to do some cleaning and keep him company, we also got some plants.  We spent some time talking to the ‘experts’, those people in our area who have beautiful and diverse 50-gallon tanks all over their homes.  We even got some good free plants to start us off.

Of course, early in our adventure the betta bit into at least one free guppy we acquired, got some kind of infection, and died.  But somehow we were already hooked.  Maybe it was the idea of the self-sufficient tank, something beautiful yet contained that reflected the larger natural ecosystems of our world – plants to create oxygen, fish to create CO2, and snails and shrimp to clean up the algae and waste.  Maybe it was the idea of an entirely different world that we had a view into.  All I know is that now we have three tanks, and we’re looking to get some little cute vases for shrimp + plants.  Also, in checking out one of my other happy blog areas, I noticed this.  Design plus fishies.  Yay!  And yes, it is a sort of escape, a little breather from our mundane lives and world.  Get an aquarium!  Mike, we need a telephone booth next.

For me, my favorite part was the babies.  Guppies bred everywhere.  And now, our shrimp have also gone crazy with breeding.  I love to watch the tiny little things zip around the tank, little speedies racing each of their six legs to swim.  They float there, seemingly flying through the water, so much more delicate, agile, and direct than the back-and-forth gentle motion of fish tails.  I even love watching the mamas, flexing their tails full of eggs, jiggling and running water over them to keep each developing egg clean.  The red cherry shrimp we have, like guppies, are live bearers.  Their eggs are easily distinguished individually within the mommy belly – ahh, so CUTE!

I leave you with this little non-advertising advertising to jump-start your weekend.  Why?  Because I feel great.


  1. Shannon said,

    February 17, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    I dub thee, water pretzel fro head from this day forth. Oh yeah Oh yeah!

  2. Shelly said,

    February 17, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    OH yeah Oh yeah WATER PRETZEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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