Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Aquarium is Full. Oh Wait. It's Not.

Over the course of the last few months we've taken the snails and feeder guppies out of the aquarium. The aquarium was overstocked at one point (I blame the swarm of snails) and got so cloudy we could barely see the fish. So, we moved the girl guppies and the snails to their own bowl. They seem happy. Then we moved the boy guppies to their own bowl. And, as time went by we ended up with just a couple of fancy guppies in the tank. The water cleared up and is now crystal clear. Apparently that was too much of a shock to Sunny as we found him belly up one day.

So, we made a trip to the pet store. The rule of thumb is about one inch of fish per gallon of water. We have a 10 gallon tank so that meant we could get about 8 inches of fish. (Shiny, the only remaining fish at home has an adult size of 2 inches.)

So, we got a 4 inch loach, (very cool, like an eel or a snake - it slithers on the bottom mostly), a 1.5 inch frog (I didn't want a frog, but the kids all thought it was cool), a ghost shrimp and a replacement Sunny (fancy guppy). Now, the aquarium is complete again.

Oh. Wait. Now we have room again. That didn't take long. Our ghost shrimp died. Poor little dude. Well, here's a picture of him when we got him home. He sure looks healthy.


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