During my lunch break today I popped into a local pet store chain. I was surprised by the axis of the place. Huge selection of products. Their fish selection was impressive in size but sad in quality. Stunted orandas, a Ryukin labeled as a pearl scale, a deformed number of assorted ryukins. People wonder why I would pay so much for imported Japanese fish.. Maybe because they have standards and these poor fish are mindlessly bred. Left to have fatal deformities. Anyway I’ll end on the two red tail catfish they had… In a 75 gallon tank. Almost no room to move. These fish should be in a massive pond or lake. Hell they’ll break that glass eventually. Anyway. Rambling done
I took advantage of the $1 per gallon sale and got a brand new 55, the old one was off craigslist and had a lot of heat lamp damage and scratches. I painted the back and bottom in my favorite color :) They look very dashing in front of it.
The two ryukins are going back into their 39gallon once its painted the same color…it rained today so I have to wait. My telescope isnt too terribly excited to have them around. They are both males and lightly chase her now and then. So they get their own tank lol
Everyone chilling in their temporary ‘tank’
Some pics I snapped after moving in this wednesday. Having the plastic bin as a temporary ‘tank’ for them was the best decision I could have made. Getting the tank all set up took a really long time. We had to decide where everything was going, unpack and move stuff so we could properly place furniture…because once you add water..theres no moving it. THEN we realized the sink faucet wouldn’t adapt to my water change hose..so we needed to go find electrical tape to rig it up. FINALLY we got the tank filled, prime added, filters with old media hooked back up. One filter broke in the process of moving..of course. I have a smaller back up for now. They had to go back in their bags to acclimate to the new tank water.
Thought I would drop an photo update today on how the move went for my fish.
Above is a perfect example of how every goldfish is completely different. The bag on the right, is just like the other two, pretty clean for a 10am bagging, 3hr drive, and then another 3 ish hours till they were able to be unpacked into their temporary bin.
The bag on the left is my oranda. He NEVER travelled well. When I bought him he was just recovering from torn fins after importing to the U.S. When he got to me he was a stressed mess. Floating on his side and all that scariness. So I am not at all surprised this is how his bag looked after the move day. He managed to open a sore on his wen, which he is prone to…he is a VERY clumsy swimmer. So its part blood, part slime coat mess, part poop. He’s a real doofus but I love him :P
So! As a heads up to fellow keepers, don’t let THIS make you stress out and think you messed up. Some fish are just not good at handling..anything really lol.
We made it! Now to sort all of this out #phew #phillymove #newchapter
So we are still in the never ending, overwhelming process of packing for this move… It’s now time to tackle my work desk. *Sigh* Im trying my best to downsize how much stuff we have. It’s so hard to NOT be an art supply hoarder though!
More #whitestreefrog fun :) #sketches
May not be #TBT but since I’m taking a journey down memory lane… #maquette #sculpture #sculpey 2010