Well damn it’s been a while since I last posted on here. Lemme give a quick rundown of what’s happened…
I got back to school moved in with one of my friends from last year got my aquarium moved in without a hitch met some cool people and now I’m here at my desk.
Also, in regards to the tank I’ve had 2 fish die, 1 was banned, and after getting SEVEN MORE another one died. I’m not too happy about the whole dying bit, but I might as well give you all an update on how/why it may have happened.
You see, my roommate and I moved in to the dorm when it was, oh, roughly 110 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Not really, but it certainly felt like it. So since that day we moved in we’ve kept the room at around 60-65 degrees, and these are TROPICAL freshwater fish so the sheer cold of the room may have had something to do with it.
However at the same time I am probably among the worst tank owners in all of history, right above the children who win goldfish at the fair and simply stare at them until they croak. I feed the fish, yeah, but I never clean the tank. I just plopped in a Pleco and hoped to God he was hungry. I change the filter about as often as I change my socks, which is to say whenever I have a clean replacement and whenever I don’t wear sandals (which is to say almost NEVER). I finally got around to replacing the filter after the third fish died, but I haven’t covered THAT story yet so here goes that.
A week or two ago I was looking at my tank when I noticed Tenor was nowhere to be found. Normally I wouldn’t have worried but for some reason this time I did and after a bit of digging I found him dead under a log. I promptly flushed him and a few days later I found Canon dead too! So I flushed him and changed the filter.
After a month, my RA decides that beta fish are now aggressive, even after living right next door to me and never once hearing a fish-fight between me and my friends or hearing me complain about my ever-loving cockfighting beta. So I move Allegro to my girlfriend’s dorm (she has so many other fish, one more was pretty unnoticeable) and go about buying new fish to place in the tank.
At the fish store I finally decided on one more cherry barb to fill the void left by the other one, two glassfish, two fruitsbasket tetras, and two other tetras that we have no idea as to what they are but they are FUCKING AWESOME.
Seriously these things are the shit (a phrase that if I ever use again I think I may be in danger of hanging myself with my favorite necktie)! When we put them in the tank they were completely devoid of any color, so I thought the store girl had cheated me out of some decent-looking fish for my tank. But when we looked back at them after five minutes, we saw that they were back to their black-and-red selves! My mind was fucking blown! I just got two color-changing black-and-red badass fish for three bucks each, I almost forgot to name the fish!
Oh yeah the names are Waltz and Marche for the Fruitsbaskets Melody and Harmony for the glassfish, Beat and Rhythm for the AWESOME FISH, and Alto for the cherry barb. I figured I’d keep the trend of Saxophone names going, since he WAS technically a replacement for Tenor.
However much to my dismay later that night I found, yup you guessed it, Alto laying dead in the tank. Well bugger, there goes 2.99 down the drain AGAIN.
Anyway on to the fish themselves. I must say this is an interesting bunch and its added some much-needed personality to my tank. Marche, the smallest fruitsbasket, has shown an almost alarming rate of persistence in following what have got to be the most feminine looking things in the tank (that would be the glassfish with their long flowy fins). Of course being the sick person I am I find this fucking hilarious as he switches back and forth between the two as his memory resets every five seconds.
However on a sour note Forte seems to have become emo, staring longingly into the pagoda where I found Alto dead last two nights ago. I must say its a bit disturbing and I half expect to be visited by the three fish ghosts on Christmas eve.
But yeah Capella and Aria still chase each other Bass is still as ignorant as ever Marche and Waltz are kinda cute I guess Melody and Harmony just stand there like a bunch of girls and Beat and Rhythm are by far the most badass things in the history of badassery. Seriously these things must be descended from Chuck Norris or something they are so amazing! They’re some of the smallest things in the aquarium but have the largest presence by far! I was going to make a joke but then I remembered I’m not Yahtzee, I don’t do a videogame critique called Zero Punctuation, and I don’t live in Australia because if I did all of my fish would’ve killed me at least twice by now, three times for the badass fish.