I have wanted an aquarium for as long as I can remember. I've wanted a giant, wall sized one full of big, beautiful salt water fish. But I never, ever wanted to have to take care of such a tank.
Since moving out of the house several years ago, my son has become impassioned with fresh water fish tanks. And every time I'd visit him, I'd think about how much I wanted a tank and how much I liked his tanks and.... And well, he set me up recently.
First he brought me a tank, a bunch of rocks and some plants. I mastered setting the light timer, (it's more difficult than expected!) watched the plants grow for about a week, and yesterday, he brought me fish.
There's only one young one in the photo, but I'm now a proud mama of four Pepper Corys, or Corydoras. I just Love the name Corydora. It's so much fun to say. Anyway.... Corys are tiny, miniature catfish and mine are even smaller than normal because they are still young. They also seem to be very camera shy.
I'm also a proud mama of three Emperor Tetras. Two boys and a girl. Know how to tell the difference? The girls have green eyes and the boys have blue. They don't show up that well in the photo but in real life, there's a huge difference in their eye color. There are other ways to tell the difference, but that's the most obvious.
I was so excited to become a fish mama, I barely knit yesterday! I pretty much spent the whole day obsessing over watching them swim around and become acclimated to their new home. The tetras were so cool because they were fairly stressed when they arrived and they were almost completely clear with no color at all. Within a few hours, their stripes had shown up, they'd turned fairly purple and the gold on their fins was shining bright. And no, their colors aren't showing up well in the pictures. I have a Lot to learn about trying to take photos of fast moving fish!
Now, don't be surprised when the next thing you hear me talk about is trying to knit sweaters for my fish.
Oh, and I'd like to wish my sister and her husband a happy 44th (I think) anniversary today. They are fish parents too.