Video from KarmaTube
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Garden of Eden In Hell
Alice Herz Sommer
Occasionally this month I may also post a video that was definitely worth my time. I absolutely love this woman's attitude and her views on life! :)
I did make it to PetSmart! Dagan hung out with me and waited almost 2 hours before I felt ready to take the chance on leaving the apartment. (Bad IBS day.) We were gone the better part of an hour. Came home with lots of plants, a few fish, a new heater, a can of TetraMin flake food, and some extra air stones. Dagan helped me take some water out of the tank so we could float the bag, got the new heater set up, and then had to take off. Was such a nice afternoon!
Karma observed...and claimed the heater packaging and plastic bags.
Floated the bags for an hour while the temperature slowly climbed.
Four tetras, two corys, and two otocinclus wait in the bag.
Turns out that even with only two fish in the tank that Traitor and Runt didn't hang out with each other half the time. In fact, I am not going to call the big one Traitor anymore. I think Runt just is a born loner. Independent and not a follower, despite the fact he was born a schooling fish. The isolation has been Runt's choice. The proof would be with the arriving new group of four.
After an hour, I added some of the water from the ten gallon into the bag, refilled the tank, and let them float a while longer.
I thought it was dogs who rolled on dead fish--LOL! Not that there were any dead fish in the bags, but there must have been fish smell. Karma was rolling about on the plastic bags. She paused when I got the camera out, of course. She's such a poser.
Here's the aquarium with all the new plants and fish!
The water was still a little stirred up from all the planting, but my observations of Runt were correct. When the new tribe of tetras were released, Runt would come visit and then go his own way. Where the big tetra (formerly Traitor) was thrilled to have a school to hang with again.
They aren't exactly the same type of tetras, but they are the same basic shape--just redder. Dagan and I had walked back and forth examining the fish available, but my choices were limited. I couldn't have any fish that grew too large, didn't want aggressive cichlids, shy angelfish, or livebearers that may overrun the tank with babies. There were several tetra candidates, but these being on sale for a dollar each was the deciding factor--LOL!
The big tetra is very, very happy!! And I think it's now safe to say that Runt is happy, too...whether he hangs with them or not. Once again--Runt was a lesson for me not to jump to conclusions or assume. I am a slow learner with a narrow mind.
BTW, Runt is no longer the smallest tetra in the tank. ;)
Happy Easter and have a great weekend! :):)
"Hold on to what is good, even if it is a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe, even if it is a tree which stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do, even if it is a long way from here. Hold on to life, even when it is easier letting go. Hold on to my hand, even when I have gone away from you."