The Critters Of My Life Archive
Spike is a very young, very small, Sunburst Platy.
And here we have Snailburt. Snailburt has hundreds of family members all living in my 20 gallon, eating my plants. I’m not overly fond of Snailburt and co. I mean, they also eat algae but in my 20 they seem to much prefer the plants because they are dying and the algae is out of control. Anyway, Snailburt. I just love watching his little mouth work. When my plants aren’t involved, that is.
I would like to apologize, because this is not a real post. It’s a filler post until I can get real content up. I have real content in my inbox ready to go, but I’d like to post it on a normal day at a normal time so it’s a tad more planned and not simply thrown up. This, this is throw up. And it’s about fish.
So. I had a 10 gallon planted tank with Betta Davis (a betta fish) and Kenneth Mars (a clown pleco aka an algae eater). Well… I didn’t do my research. I listened to the pet store girl who said that the pleco only grows to about 4 inches, and is perfect for a 10 gallon. Half right. They only get to be 4 inches, but the amount of waste the produce is insane. You need a 20 gallon for them, bare minimum.
I took my first paycheck from this new job and I met my obligations, then I took the rest to the pet store and bought a 20 gallon tank for Kenneth. I’d already ordered more plants I was going to house in the 10 gallon, but I’ll put them in the 20 instead. I can buy more plants for both later.
My next mission, next payday, is to buy a dozen small fish to live in the 20. I’ll want to leave Betta Davis alone, but as Kenneth basically lives under his drift wood, you’d think the tank was empty if I didn’t put something in there. I’m thinking a dozen neon tetras. Alternatively I’ll do a half-dozen each of neon tetras and zebra danios. We’ll see. None of them are overly expensive. So it comes down to whether I want 2 small schools or 1 large one. I think my daughter would like the variety of 2 different schools more. So I might go with that.
Technically in a planted tank the plants are supposed to be the focal point and the fish are just, well, there. That’s why I’m going with a dozen cheap instead of a couple of fancy, expensive ones. But we’ll see. Once I’m in the store who knows what will happen.
Ironically this all just started with a plan for a single fish, Betta Davis, with Kenneth being thrown in to keep the algae down. Now according to my research, once my tank(s) find its balance, the plants themselves will keep the algae down because they’ll pull all the nutrients. Go figure.
And thus, this project will go from 1 fish, to 2 fish, to 14 fish.
But at least my heart is super happy, even if my husband is less than thrilled.
I am buying myself a present as a congratulations for getting a new job. It’ll have it sometime in the next couple months, though it’ll be a multi-step process.
I am buying myself a 10 gallon aquarium to sit on my desk at home. I’m going to fill it with a dozen or so live plants. This will be my first planted aquarium and I’m super excited! I’ll also have a nice hunk of driftwood in there so it’s going to be all natural looking.
Living in this aquarium will be the bestest betta fish I can find, and I shall name her Betta Davis.
Then, since it will be sitting near a window for natural light to help the plants, there will also be an algae problem, so I’m buying a clown pleco, which won’t get too big and can safely live with a betta. I will name him Kenneth Mars.
Now since this reference is a bit more obscure…
- First, the last name.
- He was a comedian (clown pleco)
- He starred opposite Bette Davis in a made-for-tv movie called Hello Mother, Goodbye!
- It’ll start conversations which is always a plus
I’m super excited!