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October 11th, 2008

I believe you already know that nothing makes me, Wacky Mommy, hap-hap-happier than a few new fish! Today I took the only person who loves fish more than I do — my son, Young Wacky Boy — to the fish store, where we purchased:

* 2 little tiny leopard catfish
* 2 more little tiny Killer Dwarf Frogs , to keep our lone Killer Dwarf Frog company. About him, the clerk said, “He did not eat your male guppy. The guppy must have died of natural causes. Probably of a heart attack.” I’m thinking, yeah, he heart attacked while a killer dwarf frog was gobbling him alive. Which brings us to…
* a male Black Velvet guppy, cuz the female, she was lonely
* a tiny freshwater shrimp, who scoots around like a madman and somewhat resembles a seahorse
* another Blackskirt Tetra — this one looks a lot like an angelfish and was lovingly hand-raised by one of the employees at the store, who only agreed to let me take the fish home after I promised I would keep his tank spit-spot clean, not overfeed him, and coo at him through the glass to let him know we adore him
* nine new live plants — some very tall, some very small
* a siphon thingy (thank you, Funsize)
* replacement parts for the filter/pump (foam and charcoal)
* more food
* more dechlorinating drops
* a thing to scrape and clean the walls of the tank AND to plant plants with! (It’s quite a doohickey.)

I know, I am a geeb about all this, but my son and I are so happy now.

My daughter: “I cannot believe you did this. Oh my gosh, look at the catfish they are sooooooo cute!


  1. Funsize says

    Awww, sounds like a lovely setup. I think you should take some pictures and post them.

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  2. The Other Laura says

    You know research shows that pets make us happy.

    (I spent an hour on Saturday trying to take a decent photo of our hamster – eating broccoli out of my hand!)

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  3. Nan says

    Have I mentioned that guppies AND tetras are native to Trinidad? Nicholas Guppy, that was the feller’s name who discovered guppies here. We catch them in puddles and drains! Okay, I’ve probably already mentioned that. You can look it up online, though. Aquariums are such fun. Our crayfish love guppies. They invite them over for dinner by holding a piece of fish food and keeping very still. The guppies come over to inspect the food and…. CHOMP!

    Sometimes I think that a pet who isn’t a psychopath would be really nice. One that doesn’t leave the nose and whiskers of a small furry creature on the bathroom mat? Something herbivorous. A bunny?

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  4. WackyMommy says

    Funsize, I will try.

    TOL, now if they would just stop eating each other.

    Nan, I could skip the fish store and just head out to the nearest puddle! Heh heh. We don’t have anything exciting like that in Oregon, running amok. Just squirrels.

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