So a couple of weeks ago, Ison sold his bicycle and acoustic guitar so that he could buy a 75 gallon fish tank. He had 3 fish tanks out in Japan when he was stationed there. He also bought all the supplies to build a sump (filter) for it. I love it that he can do stuff like this. :) He also built the stand for it and is in the process of building the hood. We went to Petsmart and Petco and have been starting our collection of fish, of which the main event will be fancy goldfish. Why? Because they are really cheap to replace if they happen to die (which I hope they don't because I really like them) and they are really fun to watch wobble around the tank. Here is a picture of a few of them together:
Actually, this is all 6 of them if you look carefully. They like to swim around together in a little school. Sometimes they are in a line moving slowly from one end of the tank to the other...like they are playing "following the leader." Oh, and the pipes are in there because we are don't have extra money at the moment for decorative rocks...'tis the holidays and we are driving out to Arizona for almost a week.
Our cats are really liking the fish. And don't worry, they can't get into the tank because we have a temporary cover on it...more to keep the fish from jumping out than the cats from jumping in. Could you imagine one of the cats trying to tread water in there? I doubt that they would take that risk...
Here is Patch looking intently at 2 of his favorite fish: the golden dojo loaches. They like to burrow in the sand. Sometimes they hide so well that we can't find them for a long time, but it is fun when they suddenly poke their heads out.
Here is one of my favorite fish: Goggles. He is a black moor. Ison picked him out because he has light colored circles around his protruding eyes and I named him Goggles for that very reason.
Here is a front view so that you can see the circles better around his eyes.
These 2 fish are both loaches but the one above is a golden dojo loach and the dark one is a kuhli loach. The cats both bat at these two from the outside the most because of how they wiggle all over the tank. It is very entertaining to watch them. We have 2 golden dojos, as I said before, and 4 kuhlis.
This is Skunk. We were at the pet store, again, trying to decide which fish to buy and Ison pointed this unique guy out to me. I instantly said that it was perfect because his name would be Skunk, since it has such a distinct black stripe. :)
This beautiful goldfish is Unico, because of the single red spot on it's head...I don't really like this one a lot because he chases and bites the other goldfish...we had to separate him in timeout in the net a couple of times yesterday because he wouldn't leave any of the fish alone!
This black moor is Nacht because, obviously, he is very black. He is one of the smaller goldfish and very calm.
And this is Lucy. Can you guess why? She has red hair! ;)
*GASP* This final one is Punk. Unfortunately you can't see it in this picture, but he has different colors on his fins and his dorsal fin looks like a mohawk. This was a fun picture to realize I had taken because he looks like he is surprised...maybe because I have a camera pointing at his face.
We also have 16 danios, which are small and fast, thus me not being able to take a good picture of them, and 2 green corydoras, but they were at the back of the tank when I was taking pictures and I couldn't focus on them. In total we have 30 fish and we will be getting more soon...maybe only 4 more corydoras and 4 more goldfish.