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A Fishy Shake Up My Life 07 AUG 2008

So in the effort to clean up our fish tank’s performance and make it all sparkly again, we managed to kill off all three existing plants and frighten a whole lot of fish in the process, thanks to our violent digging around in the pebbles which true, resulted in cleaner pebbles but came at the price of a tank we couldn’t see through for at least a day.

After leaving things as they were for a little while, Tuesday finally saw us give in and make a move to make things right again. First up, after introducing the two beautiful bronze ‘rocket’ goldfish to the tank on Sunday, we decided that it was time to swap out some of our orange goldfish in order to bring a little more diversity to the tank. Two, the two Chinese algae eaters that are costing us so many fish have finally got to go, and three, we had better toss out those rotting plants before the fish notice that there is something not quite right here.

So Tuesday afternoon saw Chantelle and I with our hands in the water with our little green net, frantically chasing the fast as hell algae eaters all about the tank, slowly but surely removing everything but the pebbles from the tank! We eventually managed to trap the algae eaters and toss them into a plastic bag, but this was only after we had literally taken everything, plants, filter and all, out first! Even our big plastic jug was holding a host of rather surprised and slightly stunned fish!

However, putting the fish we were to take to the pet shop in see through plastic bags turned out not to be our greatest idea ever as Olympus promptly jumped up onto the counter and put a hole through one of the bags, flooding the counter and causing a panicky team of C & C to grab ice cream containers to put the rest of the fish into.

Our three orange victims and the two bugger algae eaters safely tucked away in their private ice cream container, it was time to put everything back the way we had found it (apart from the more than half-eaten and pretty dead plants of course), jump into the car and zip off to Pets Aquaria, a place which now seems to recognise us by face thanks to all the business we’ve done with them since getting the fish and kittens.

Fish TankActually the guys there are pretty helpful and they said it was no problem just to swap our goldfish and algae eaters for other fish, so Chantelle was instantly at the back picking out two Black Moors and a nice silver and deep orange fantail as ‘The Replacements’. At the same time we picked up three new plants (all three different this time around) as well as some goldfish flakes and a nifty dual-purpose tank cleaner apparatus which Chantelle immediately put to good use on our return to the house.

So there you have it. We now have a nice and diverse fish tank that is home to one Siamese fighter, three Black Moors, two common orange goldfish, one orange fantail, one white with a red spot goldfish, two bronze rockets, one silver and deep orange fantail and one Plecostomus.

It’s just a pity that the tank looks so bare now with three baby plants in it! At least our sunken ship and ancient vase still give it a little credibility!

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…)