Friday, April 28, 2006

More fish for Nemo

I went and got some more fish for the tank. Nemo seems to enjoy watching them. I feel bad leaving him alone all day while we are at work. He has lots of toys, little balls with bells and rubber mice. He has one of those tracks with the ball inside that he can chase around and he has a feather on a plastic wand. He had a bell tied onto a piece of yarn but he's taken that away someplace and hidden it. The fish give him something he can sit and watch.

Tonight I stopped at PetSmart on the way home from grocery shopping and got 2 Sunset Coral Dwarf Platies, 3 Glo-lite Tetra and 3 Scissortail Rasbora and a few plants. Something called Corkscrew Val, a Rotala and a Cabomba. They look really pretty in the tank and all the new fish seem fine. The danio's are happy to have the company I'm sure.

The other night I went to bed and left the computer on as I always do and when I woke up in the morning I shook the mouse to kill the screensaver and there were about 5 or 6 windows open on my desktop! One was asking for a disk to be inserted, another was my run with a long string of eeeeeeeeeeeeee's in it. He must have danced all over my keyboard! I just hope he didn't download anything.

We've had no more litter box accidents either. He is using the box now and is a very good clean kitty. He tries to bury his food too. Eats his dinner and then stands and scratches the place mat over and over trying to bury the rest of the food. Very cute and very sweet kitten.

The Platy

Platies are a very variable, active and peaceful species. They live in a community tank with some dense vegitation and open water for swimming. Platies live best in a group with at least three males and about twice as many females. Platies are easy to breed, but the babies are smaller than the babies of Mollies or Swordtails, so baby Platies are a little more difficult to raise. Like most livebearers Platies will do better with 1 Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt per 5 gallons of water.

Glo-lite Tetra

The beautiful glo-lite tetra, Hemigrammus erythrozonus, comes from Guyana. Glo-lite tetras grow to about 1.5 inches. The fish is a clear/brown/yellow fish with a large stripe running down the body from the front of the eye, over the top of the eye, down the body, and ending at the beginning of the caudal fin (tail). The stripe is a color that is hard to describe. It is sort of part tangerine, red, orange, and pink! There are a few variants including the albino glowlight tetra which has an orange body and a duller stripe. Its eyes are also orange appearing. Glo-lite tetras are peaceful, schooling fish and very similar to neon tetras.

Scissortail Rasbora

The scissortail rasbora is a peaceful schooling fish that does well in any community aquarium. They prefer being kept in small schools of at least six individuals. These fairly hardy fish enjoy having plenty of open room to swim but do best when ample cover is provided also. Scissortails thrive in, and can be said to prefer, planted tanks. When mature, and in good condition, these fish display a vibrant, silvery sheen and can have irridescent hints of green and purple along their back.

Oh yeah, I forgot I was going to leave the webcam address for the live eagle nest with eggs hatching. Very cool!


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