Saturday, May 8, 2010
Not only do I love birds, I love fish too. Especially Beta's. I don't like birds inside the house, but I love watching them right outside my window. We love watching the Beta swimming around in his little tank close to the dining room table. When I put him in the tank over a year ago I also stuck a Peace Lily in the tank. Several people told me it wouldn't grow because they can't take all the water. Well, silly me. Did I listen? Of course not. I just cleaned all the dirt off and stuck it in the tank. To date I've had to pull it out and cut the roots twice. And in fact it has new growth, under water as well. I got the brilliant (or maybe not so brilliant) idea to buy another Beta and put him in my office. We enjoy watching the other one so much at dinner, I was sure this little guy would bring great enjoyment to me in my office. I found a small 1.5 gallon tank for my new guy. This one has an overhead light, so I knew another Peace Lily might not work. As I shopped at Home Depot for paint, I wandered out to the garden section and found "water plants". And they were on sale. I found the perfect plant. A Fragrant Water Lily. When I looked inside, I realized why they were on sale. They were dead. Well, maybe not completely. I stopped at the pet store and picked out a beautiful blue Beta. I already had the tank ready. The only thing I needed to do was drop the dead lily into the water and secure it and then drop in Bob. As soon as the water lily hit the water all kinds of moss and black stuff circulated into the new, clean water. That was the minute the Ah-Ha moment slapped me in the head. Why didn't I clean it first? After about a half hour of running water into the tank, and scrubbing all the crud that had already accumulated on the sides of the tank, not to mention the filter, I started all over with clean water. Plant and Bob are in the tank, doing well. The water is still yellow! My next book might be a "How NOT to prepare a fish tank for a Beta."