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It's been a whole lot of time since I've last did a fish post. I recentely had to hit the reset button on my fish tank as hair algae completely took it over. My tank looked like it had grown a full green beard, and while I love facial hair, this was not what I had in mind for a fish tank.

So, I took my one remaining fish out, my original been with me for three years Asshole who will follow me into my grave angel fish, and threw out everything else in the tank. New gravel, new decorations, new filter, everything. That was two weeks ago.

Since the change, Asshole had gone all emo on me. He just sat in one corner and stared out to the distance. He refused to eat - food would just bonk him on his idiotic head - and would languish there like a Jewish grandmother sitting in the dark.

So yesterday, off to the fish store it was to buy new tank mates to wake up Asshole from his slumber. It worked.

In a new turn of events for my traditional fish posts, instead of a textual tour, we will show you pretty pictures!

Here is the tank full on. Pretty!

Full tank profile

It was decided that the way to kick Asshole back into gear was to get some friends - in the guise of two more angel fish! The Asshole is in the back. Up front is "Koi," and the one in black is "Blackie." I was afraid that the three would start fighting, but they seem to really enjoy swimming back and forth together.

The terrible trio of angels

Here is a side view. On the lower right you can see my three new clown loaches. I love these fish - they really do clown around, springing up and down the side of the tank for no reason whatsoever. Also in there are two rounded cory cats, but I couldn't get a good photo of them.

Ship front


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Aug. 4th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
They're beautiful. I love Blackie, and your sunken ship!
Aug. 4th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)

When are you dragging your butt down here? I'm in NYC on Thurs this week.
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Are you in during the evening?
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)

What did you have in mind?
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
I e-mailed you.
Aug. 4th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thursday is LPN.
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Oh god.

Lavender gravel? (snicker)

Some Cichlids, which is the family your fishes belong to, prefer to hang out in groups. Oddly enough, angelfish are monogamous when baby making and tending happens.

Asshole, like the rest of the members of his genus, liked your algae because in the wild he is a tasty treat. The algae gave him some security. His friends will too, unless he/she pairs up with one of them and then you need another tank as they will pick the third to death. You can leave The Ethical Slut out for them, but I don't think it will help.

The roommates you selected for him are cool too. I bred C. paleatus pretty successfully and they were great fun.
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
It's actually purple, but looks lavender in the photos.

As for the algae, strongly dissagree. While regular green algae can get munched on, the hair algae not at all. It overran the tank, and plummeted the water condition until Asshole got fin rot. I am working on fixing that now.
Aug. 4th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
I think the above poster was saying that Asshole liked to hide in the algae.

I've got a lot of yucky brown algae in my goldfish tank. Not sure what to do about it other than scrub and change and scrub and change. Any suggestions?
Aug. 4th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'm very fond of cory cats. I like the way that buddy up with each other and stick close together.
Aug. 4th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update!

I had actually thought about your emo fish after I inquired after it at Thunder. Glad it's all perked up with it's new buddies.
Aug. 5th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
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