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Wow... they're swimming.

In answer to melebeth's request, I will periodically post updates about my little fishies.

Considering how today is the first day, I'll make another post. I just went on a multi-hour grocery shopping expedition with lolitasir, and amazingly enough, the fish are still alive!

I turned out the hood lights while I was gone... figured why generate the heat when I'm not there to appreciate it. I bought today an automatic timer for the light, but I think I'll hold off on using it until I go away for a weekend. For now, I'll just turn it off before bed, and turn it on when returing from work. The 5-6 hours a day lit should serve the plants well.

As I said, I bought 2 golden swordtail fishes - one male, and one female. They are livebearers, and the thought of them giving birth kind of excites me. I plan on maintaining a peaceful community tank, so I should be fine in case they decide to breed.

One of these days I'll take a photo of them for you all - right now they are still way to nervous when I am around. After all, I am the big bad blob who took them away from their friends at Petco and put them in this strange tank with two plants and a piece of driftwood. But, when I'm not around, they actually look alright. For a second there, I think I caught them swimming happily.

Here is a sample photo of what their species looks like, and some background info. You cannot tell how fabulous their tails are in this photo - my two fish have majestic black tails, that contrast beautifully with their golden skin. http://www.giveusahome.co.uk/allpets/fish/goldenswordtail.htm

I was asked today by a friend if I named them yet. I'm afraid to do that - afraid that they will all too soon become martyrs to the Boymeat Aquarium Quest (tm). We shall see.


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Jul. 11th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC)
Slaveboy recommends calling them Sushi and Sashimi.
Jul. 11th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC)
Jul. 11th, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC)
Bait one and Bait two?
To catch bigger fish... :)
Jul. 11th, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! Fishdates. Upfishes. Updishes. Yeah. I think that's the right one.
Jul. 11th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)
I'd go with Merlin and Viv--Vivienne being the common moniker for Our Lady of the Lake. They're SWORDtail fishes, after all.

Jul. 11th, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
My boy xilet knows scads about fishies. If you have any questions, just put a comment in one of his LJ posts :) He's happy to help.
Jul. 11th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
Very cool to have a fish tank at home, as they can proove to be a very realxing addition to a space. Have to make due with the tanks here in NYC at Sui and The Paris Cafe, as travel for work prohibits having a tank of my own.
Jul. 12th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
As you know I have a 75 gal tank in my apt. After Genine moved in we went and bought some fish together. She thought is was so great and named them all. She thought it was such a great idea and couldn't understand why more people don't do it. Until we found the first one floating. Then the next.

Now she calls them "The Fish" like the rest of them.

Jul. 12th, 2004 06:12 am (UTC)
I can relate to that story, since V and I had a 55 gallon tank for several years.

My older son was fond of naming them, however.

For similar reasons, he became afraid to, since the named fish often sickened or died soon after.
Jul. 12th, 2004 07:15 am (UTC)
Not that I want them to die, but ImHO think it would be sad if they died without a name.
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