Yeah. I have no idea.
But I love them. :) I've always considered aquariums to be a sort of combination between pets, houseplants, and TV, lol. (You've never sat and watched "Fish TV"? Hee). I've always tried to put them on nice furniture, and create pretty little landscapes inside them to look at, but aside from that, I don't "decorate" with or around tanks - I wouldn't dress my dogs to match my furniture, either, you know what I mean?
Until this year, I'd kept aquariums full of fish, "eels" (sirens), newts, and salamanders for over fifteen years. I've kept tanks full of live food that I cultured to feed to my swimming pets, and even put together a couple of plant terrariums with no mobile inhabitants. Until, that is, a couple of months ago when my last aging newt finally kicked the bucket. After a "burial at sea" (all drains lead to the ocean, Nemo), I finally tore down my last aquarium. There's just something about that little box of light and life and energy - I really felt it when it wasn't there anymore.
But then, the day before Thanksgiving a coworker brought me a pair of Bettas (pronounced "bet-uh", not "bay-tah"). She'd bought them for her son, who ended up abandoning them to her care, and she didn't want them - but she was happy to have found them a new home, and I was happy to BE their new home!
Luckily, after 15+ years of an aquarium
|10g with screen lid and light hood|
It ain't much, but it'll do for now. Considering that these little gals (they're both females) lived in plastic cups for a few days, these tanks, though bare, are quite the step up. It's like living in your car, I guess, and then finally getting HUGE apartment...with no furniture in it. Yet.
|she looks pinkish - because she's actually clear!|
My coworker'd kept the girls in a tank together, which is a HUGE Betta no-no: they're incredibly territorial, and when kept in too close a proximity, will fight incessantly - yes, even the females. Evidence? Just look at her fins! The other one had been chasing and biting at this one. Unfortunately, my coworker thought they were "just playing." Sigh.
|5.5 gallon with homemade cat-proof screen, lol|
|navy blue with clear-gold fins; I'm calling her "Louise"|
For the time being - for the fishes' sense of privacy and need to hide sometimes, the tanks each have a snippet of plastic vine-y thing in them - but also a large cutting each of Pothos Ivy. Yup - the houseplant. It does GREAT floating in an aquarium, and will help establish the beginnings of a healthy, natural bacterial colony in these fresh tanks.
So...yay, fish! You might not be able to tell from the pictures, but both tanks are sitting on the bar between my kitchen and the "office" end of my football field of a living room. Safest place in the house, cat-wise. Both fish are doing really, really well; the clear one's fins are growing back really quickly already - she got herself stuck behind her filter yesterday, but didn't hurt herself.
More on the tank-decor as the situation develops! :)