I’ve been feeling trapped lately. Trapped and in need of an adventure. I can never tell if it’s my home that makes me crave change, or my frustrating job, but when I had the chance to go back to my family’s home for two days, I didn’t think twice.
Wednesday wasn’t anything interesting– just me chilling at home, for the most part. I didn’t go up North until that night, and after sitting through my sister’s mind-numbing orientation at the high school, I was free to do as I wished. I mentioned to my father how much I wanted to improve my photography, and he loaned me a very nice camera, so I have a fairly large number of pictures from this short trip 😉 Other than sleeping, though, the only thing I did that night was watch Age of Extinction…a horribly confusing movie, honestly, but it’d been on my list for a long time.
Thursday was a lot of fun 🙂 Sister One and I went on a multi-part adventure. First we hit a local pet store– not a lot going on there, but there were some very pretty fish.
I almost bought a betta there– it’s been on my mind recently that I really want another one— but other than a hot pink one, none really jumped out at me, and even the pink one didn’t really scream ‘take me home’, so no purchases there. After picking up some snacks and hitting a few dud thrift stores, we went a little farther North to another pet store– this time a chain one, a Petsmart. I’m really not happy with their treatment of their fish; the Petco near me seems to do a much better job (with higher prices to show for it, but still, their fish SURVIVE, unlike all the community tank fish we’ve gotten at Petsmart). Still, they had just gotten in a huge shipment of betta fish and were in the middle of processing them/changing their water. Technically the associate should not have sold me a ‘fresh’ one– they are supposed to quarantine for a few days– but technically she wasn’t too bright and all their ‘not fresh’ bettas were lethargic and either dying in their cups or already belly-up, so the fresh one was a better bet. I took him home and picked up a 10-gallon tank set so I could set up a divided tank and have two bettas 🙂
After that we went home to rest for a spell. A couple hours later we trecked out again, this time to the pet shop closest to my sister’s house. Apparently everyone got a shipment of bettas Thursday, because they had twenty or so resting in little cups with a ‘Display Only for 24 Hours’ sign until they were ready to sell. The shop girl let us look through them, though– every one was so pretty!– and we made plans to return the next day so I could pick up Diamine’s tankmate.
Friday was the fair 🙂 A special fair for me, honestly– the summer after high school, when I had only just learned to crochet, I went to this fair and was introduced to the world of spinning yarn by a breeder of angora rabbits. At the time I wanted to crochet with every fiber (sound familiar?), and angora has a special place in my heart. She gave a spinning demo, and so totally convinced me that this. was. AWESOME. that I ordered my first spindle that night.
So it was THAT fair. It’s a tradition at this point… we mostly go to see animals.
After that, there was only one required tradition–
Choosing which two I would bring home was actually super difficult; I knew I wanted a flowy one to be in the same tank as Di so as to keep things– for lack of a better word– ‘symmetrical’. I also had a feeling I would need a second tank, anyways– Sister One mentioned I might be getting one of the baby koi-style bettas she ordered– and a ten gallon is just as easy to care for as a five. The koi one would be a short-tail, so I wanted a short-tail (Plakat) as his friend. I narrowed my choices down from 20 purdies to 5 Very Purdies, with Sis pushing for Vis the entire time (see, he was from the previous batch and had actually been in the shop over a month… him and his two
litter clutch spawn-siblings, a diamond-eyed brother and a pearlescent sister. Sis bought his sister, Grace). After aggression-testing the five contenders– lower aggression is preferred for a split tank– I finally decided on Calli (almost no aggression) and Vis (low to moderate aggression, which, for a Plakat, is pretty good).
After picking up the second tank, I went home, moved all my furniture around to allow for the tanks, and with my sister’s help, set everything up. Right now each is in a seperate enclosure for quarantine; tomorrow I’ll be finishing up the divider and moving Calli into Di’s tank. I’m a bit nervous– I didn’t think to aggression-test Di, so he might react badly. I still need to buy black sand, Anubias and Water Sprite for Vis’ tank, and Swords and Anubias for Di-and-Calli’s tank… and a light for their tank… and another divider (I only have one right now)…
Letsee what else…
Oh. Forgot to take note of this stuff:
Night Vision is a red-based silver Dragonscale Plakat.
Calligraphy is a… well, hard to say. He rarely flares; hopefully I’ll be able to tell once he’s in his full space. I’m leaning towards Rose tail, and his coloring is definitely multicolored/mutt.
So that’s all I got in me for tonight 😉 It was a longggg shift at work; honestly, I’m surprised I’m still upright. I’ll post more tomorrow.