Daily Archives: Friday 11/07/2008

That Sucks! My Life 11 JUL 2008

Chinese Algae EaterHmm, while I had recently reported that everything was looking good in 45 Nagua fish tank, it seems I may just have jinxed myself.

Completely out of the blue, one of our guesthouse-rescued speckled goldfish bit the dust a little while ago, officially making that the worst surviving species out of all the fish we’ve owned (which admittedly hasn’t been that many).

For some or other reason the speckled goldfish don’t seem to be quite as hardy as their plain orange cousins, which in turn means that I probably won’t buy any more of this type in the future (though I wouldn’t mind getting a couple of those beautiful silver with orange markings goldfish again! Our tank could do with some colour variety dammit!)

And to make matters worse, shortly after the speckled goldfish got to ride the porcelain express, we noted a particularly bad turn of events when it came to our favourite fantail goldfish – something had been eating at its tail! The result was a very sluggish fish that now seemed to lose all lust for life and will to swim around, instead opting just to sit on the bottom of the tank for most of the day.

Closer observation netted the culprit pretty quickly though – for some or other reason one of my Chinese algae eaters has become VERY territorial, chasing after all of the slower goldfish and attaching itself to either their tail or sides by means of its sucker, doing immense damage to the fish in the process!

As it was, the fantail did eventually die and the algae eater has now calmed down, but now I’m not so sure how to proceed. I’m not going to replace the dead fish because the tank is currently slightly past its fish saturation point anyway, but I am not so keen on getting rid of the algae eaters either as they seem to do a great job in keeping the tank clean. My Plecostomus does a good job of algae cleaning too mind you, but it tends to eat a different type of algae to the Chinese algae eater, meaning that it is beneficial for both to be in the tank at the same time.

Guess I will just leave things as is for now – hopefully the rest of the fish quickly learn to shoal up and put the pesky little sucker fish back in his rightful place – at the bottom of the tank or stuck to the glass!

Oh yes, I climbed up the stairs to Cape Town Fish Market last week… and pulled a mussel. (Just to finish the week off on a laughing note! I can’t help it that you don’t find my jokes funny…)

When It Rains It Drips My Life 11 JUL 2008

BedroomOf course, I’ve got nothing on the thousands of people currently left homeless after all this torrential rain the Western Cape has been suffering this past week or so, so this little post may seem a little pedantic in the light of their plight, but nevertheless, this is my blog and thus my life I get to write about.

All of which brings me to the current quandary in my life, namely the leaking ceiling in my main bedroom. Now while we were aware of the leak when we first moved in, enough pressure was applied and the caretaker eventually took care of the problem before winter properly kicked in – or so we had thought.

It turns out that while the hasty waterproofing job held up perfectly fine for all the light rain that we’ve experienced since moving in here 3 or so months ago, it certainly couldn’t withstand the full fury of the current spate of bad weather we’ve been having and the result of it all is that I currently have a bucket out in the middle of the room, surrounded on all sides by towels to soak up the drips that it might miss.

We’ve already moved the room around so that it affects us in the least way possible, but the result is that my side of the bed is now squashed almost right up against the window and I now have to tiptoe past the drawers and the laundry basket just to get around to my side! (And for some or other reason Chantelle is not so happy when I dive over her to get to my end at night!)

Thankfully though she took a pity on my plight and tried to make things better by cooking us a fabulous supper on Monday evening, consisting of roast chicken, potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkin – my eyes were tearing with joy after realising that this was the first time literally in months that she had actually cooked for me!

Of course, a single supper is not enough to ease my woes, so I also went out this week to buy us a nifty little snackwich machine, something I’ve been wanted to get for ages now, particularly since I never bothered replacing after the last robbery at my old flat. That seems to have done the trick and I’m feeling far more warm and fuzzy on the inside now…

…until I remembered that Ryan leaves on his big European holiday tour today. Luck bugger is visiting all the big countries and seeing all the big sights, before ending his two or three week vacation off by spending a weekend with his friend in England. *sigh* Now I’m REALLY jealous! :(

In any event Ryan, have an awesome trip overseas and come back safely – and make sure Piggy appears in every single photograph you take! Have fun! :)