Last night I went to my first ever charity fundraiser. It was a really nice night out with colleagues and a few business associates at the Crown Casino here in Perth. The food and entertainment were really outstanding…not to mention we all raised money for a really good cause. Senses Australia is an organisation that helps people who are deaf/blind to connect and engage and participate in a variety of programs. Throughout the evening we were treated to cabaret dancers, a really funny comedian and some live music.
The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle.
Mike and I had some delicious vegan food in Fremantle recently at “The Raw Kitchen”. We both felt so good after having this meal.
A few weeks ago now, Mike enthusiastically bough a tiny fish tank. I did not share the same excitement, as I worried that the water might make our room smell. That was my only concern. Despite my objections, he came home with some filtered water and about 5 generic guppies, and 2 tetra fish and two massive snails to keep the place clean.
Totalling 9 fish in a 15l tank. Basically it was crowded!
He set it up really well with some live plants, and had to fly back to the mine site a few days later. I was left with the job of caring for them. Over the few days I’d become quite captivated by the snails in particular. The brown one whom we’ve named Frederick after a friend of ours…is quite possibly the greediest and fastest moving snail I’ve come across in my life. He never sleeps, and he will knock the other off the wall if it’s in a nice spot for a meal. Seriously entraining to watch him.
Here is Frederick doing his best to knock down Rayden from the wall. He also climbs to the top of the tank and floats to the bottom because he is too lazy to slide all the way back down. It’s quite entertaining watching him.
I began to see why Mike was so keen on having a little tank in our room…I’ve been enjoying waking up and starting my day by watching them wake up too.
One morning while Mike was away I noticed one of the guppies had something strange coming out behind her. Magically something popped out and swam away.
She gave birth to 9 live babies. Pretty amazing stuff to watch. Life was unfolding before my very eyes!
Mike returned home and suddenly we had 18 fish in the tank. We were thrilled to count the little goggly eyes among the plants. But we noticed a problem…
The snails had bred as well and there were (a quick count) roughly 50 or so tiny snails also occupying the space. We went to a fish shop last weekend, and discovered a type of fish that also eat small snails and so purchased two.
+ 2x clown loaches.
= 20 fish.
Wouldn’t you know it, within one day all of the little snails were gone…
But, this fish brought with it a disease for suddenly our healthy adults started dropping like flies.
1x male guppy (orange and black – Mikes favourite)
1x female guppy (she was pregnant but was “put down” because she had mould taking over her body
1x tetra female (she was well quite frankly we’re not sure she had brains. She died of starvation. Her male counterpart is massive and hearty and fat fyi).
1x male guppy who died a week ago and we didn’t notice (pretty gross he was stuck under the filter).
2x baby guppies
Now the tank seems to be settling, and on my last count there were 7 baby guppies. But this morning, I’ve woken to find only one left.
We’ve lost 12 fish. I’ve not told Mike about all the guppies being eaten (they have just vanished). I also have developed a slight dislike for the clown loaches as they have not only eaten the guppies, they’ve been trying to eat my Frederick.
We are now have a total of 8 aquatic creatures living in our tank, which include our two big snails. : (
Peking Duk – High
Royksopp & Robyn – Do it Again (Moullinex-Dub)
Seinabo Sey – Hard Time
Update: After talking to Mike about the massacre last night we decided to give the loaches away…I put an ad online and less than 10 mins later secured a new home for them. They will be on their way to their new tank tomorrow afternoon.
Sad, but also kind of relieved…
Did I mention they grow to be 12 inches long and live for 20 years? haha our fish tank is only 12 inches long!