Here you go, Night!
The tetras are called Glofish Tetras. They are quite bright, and they're blacklight reactive. The neighbor who gave them to us didn't have a
blacklight, though, she just liked their vibrant colors.
The two pink-red ones are Strawberry and Cherry, the orange one is Nemo, and the blue one is either Blueberry, Violet or Bullet.
This is Nugget, so named for being so yellow, one kid said he looked like a gold nugget. He's the loner of the tetras, he doesn't seem to want to
school with them.
This is Kitty the Catfish. I think he's a Cory Catfish, but I'm not entirely sure (there's several varieties) He's a party animal by himself, and he
and Nugget sometimes hang out.
The two tall plastic plants on the right and the one in the middle came with these guys. The one on the left is the live Octopus plant addition
replacing one of the tall two on the right -- there used to be one on each side of the tank, we just dropped it over there while we planted the
Octopus grass, and they started playing with it. So I anchored it down and left it alone for now, they seem happy with it.
Once Octos get established, they grow fast and you have to maintain them via trimmings. You can take the cuttings and let them root elsewhere in the
tank for a free additional plant if you want. We're only aiming for the one, and maybe rooting cuttings immediately next to it for a thicker place for
them to hide in, with one or two more low profile plants in the rest of the tank -- those plastic ones are coming out permanently in the coming weeks.
For now, the fish enjoy sitting in and playing in the Octo grass, and doing speedy figure 8's through the two tall plastic ones on the right.
Hanging out under the Octopus grass.
One of the red guys hanging out IN the Octopus grass
Playing Figure 8 Race around the two tall plastic plants.
The catfish likes to hang out in the low spots in the gravel. The kids made sure to dig nice deep little trenches front to back and down length of the
back wall for him. He goes nuts zipping around those! He was not nearly as happy a camper before we altered the terrain -- the neighbor kept it
perfectly level. The varied terrain with the trenches and subsequent hills from moving the gravel elsewhere makes for a much more stimulating
The tank wasn't terribly filthy when she gave it to us, but it wasn't too great. The older kid spent a lot of time with the magnet algae scrubber
cleaning the glass. And the back panel had a hidden algae mess that blended in with the plastic underwater scene backing we took off. THAT was pretty
gross, but it was
extremely difficult to see. We thought it was rocks in the image, except there were no rocks, it was just a sandy bottom
picture with little hills and dips
Needless to say, that got cleaned. And Kitty the Catfish was right there waiting for his algae buffet meal (what
a good little Hoover fish!)
A little algae still needs to be cleaned (or eaten, get to it, Kitty!) off the glass. There were some hidden spots that we couldn't see until we moved
the gravel around to make more interesting terrain for the catfish, like the last picture above shows.
As I said, we're considering adding a couple of tiny snails (that STAY tiny) or a few very tiny aquarium shrimp. The aquarium shop we went to near us
has quite a few varieties of tank shrimp for just such an algae maintenance job, too. The tank is already at roughly max occupant capacity for fish,
so space-wise, the snails are the better bet, but the shrimp can be voracious little algae eaters, too. We will just have to see, right now, our
primary concern for tank additions is plant life to replace the plastic stuff.
edit on 8/2/2019 by Nyiah because: oops, forgot one!