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Haven't updated in several months.

Since my last post, I have...

Survived the December 25 snow storm that paralyzed Arkansas, and from which all storm debris has still not been cleared away;
Got the flu, had a rare reaction to tamiflu, and learned that it just takes 7 to 10 days for the flu to go away, and you may as well veg on the couch; and
Endured more of this weird Arkansas weather this past week. Yesterday, we had a combination of sleet, freezing rain, hail, plain rain and thunderstorms.

All within the space of about 14 hours.
Animals and babies have taken center stage in my life. My niece had a beautiful baby boy on February 8, and my nephew and his wife are due to have their daughter on April 5.

Knit, knit, knit...
And I have gotten back into fish tanks.

In a major way.

MTS - big time. (For those unfamiliar, MTS = Multi Tank Syndrome. It also means Malaysian Trumpet Snails, but I don't have any of those.)

For those who find fish tanks interesting, I have some photos.


The tank that started it all - my ten gallon, which started as a betta tank. It's still a betta tank, but now the betta has some buddies.

African dwarf frogs. Three of them.

The betta is a crowntail male named Dubya.

I named him that because he is hypervigilant and always ready to confront WMBD.

Weapons of Mass Betta Destruction.

In this photo, it was the red bottom of the thermometer. So I moved the thermometer. He went and hunted it down. He still flares at it.

 photo Dubya021813.jpg


On other occasions, it could be the light on the heater, or a stray piece of a plant floating by.

Because ya just never know...

Full tank shot

 photo FTSCROP.jpg


The ADFs remain unimpressed with, and unafraid of, Dubya.
Tank #2 houses my goldfish, Blondie and Gypsy. They are ryukins, and share a 29 gallon high tank.

 photo BlondieGypsy2.jpg


Their tank is planted with live plants - most of which are either too tough to eat, or taste nasty.

And re-planted. And re-planted. Goldfish are notorious for uprooting and wagging plants around their tank.

 photo FTS4crop.jpg

Tank #3 came about in January, because I had never done a tank intensively planted with fast growing stem plants to accomplish a silent cycle.

I wanted to prove to myself it could be done.

 photo FTS3.jpg


The harlequin rasboras and neon tetras got six new tankmates today. Photos of the corydoras catfish will be harder to get, as they are shy little fish.

 photo tetrasrasboras020613.jpg

Tank #4 just happened.

Saturday, I went to Petco for *one* thing. I needed a glass top for my 20 gallon planted tank. I had my $5 PALS reward coupon with me.

I was going to get out of there for less than $20.

And I could have. The bettas in those crappy-assed cups were across the fish department from me. But nooooo...I had to go see them.

A male crowntail called to me (no shit, he did - through that little hole in the top of the crappy-assed cup).

But I had no tank for him.

Petco did - on clearance. A four gallon nano tank.

Met Lucky in his new digs...he got live plants from the other tanks.

 photo 022113.jpg


Just wait until I get my DIY bog filter for my pond done this spring.
The journey is good.

Namaste.
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