Remember back a year or two ago (and the previous four years before that) when we kept having guppy population explosions in our family fish tank? If not go here: http://mysistersjar.wordpress.com/2008/04/01/overpopulation-a-worldwide-issue/
And here’s another: http://mysistersjar.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/feeding-the-fish/
Well, for the past 2 months we’ve only had the bottom feeder and the white fish who eats baby guppies. I’ve been meaning to stop by Petsmart and pick up a handful of guppies or platies to brighten the tank. However, it’s low on my priority list…. so it hasn’t happened yet. Nora, our 7-year-old, loves watching the fish swim, but I must admit the dead-as-a-doornail bottom feeder is less than thrilling. And the white fish is sort of in a coma after eating all his tank mates.
Today we went to pick up Austin, our 14-year-old, from a friend’s house who has a 50 gallon+ tank. I took Nora inside to show her the underwater wonder of it all. Well, lo and behold, they were experiencing a platy population explosion. Yes, we walked out of there with four new, sunny-orange fish for our boring tank. Nora was thrilled! So was I! If it’s free, it’s for me!
The end of our day did not go as planned, as is common in this household. The original plan was for our family to go to church together in blissful harmony. Well, the girls went to church and the boys went to a football game. The boys will go to church tomorrow morning while the girls have their beauty rest ….. and homemade giant waffles. :o) Back to the fishy story. Before we ran out the door to church, I set the large ziplock baggie holding our four newest family members into the fish tank to equalize the temperature of the water so the fish will not go into shock and die. When we got home from church, the miracle of life had occurred and there are now at least 24 more fishies in our tank. YES! We got a pregnant platy and she gave birth to possibly 20 babies within two hours of being ours. And the cycle continues.
P.S. For those who have closely followed this story through the last years, you may be asking yourself if I put the baby platies in with the white baby-guppy-eating fish. NO! The white fish did the circle of life and swam in the tunnel that leads to the sea. Happily ever after.