The possibilities

It’s been a month since I’ve set up the tank. ¬†Having a planted tank with no fish is kind of like having a perpetual blank canvas. Aquariums aren’t as much pets as they are living art kinda’? Sorta? I mean, it’s rectangular and you can’t touch what’s behind the glass (not all the time anyway). And it’s pleasing to look at. Calming. I know that eventually I’m going to fill it with something but for now, it’s nice to have the infinite possibilities and have a running list of what my tank might become with a laundry list of potential inhabitants.

Not all, but some combination of:

  • Shrimp (Red cherry/ghost)
  • Killifish – American Flagfish; Lyretail – cool water fish, would complement the cories nicely
  • Corydoras – Sterbai or Paleatus – they prefer cooler water which might not mix with the blue rams. ¬†Sterbai might be more heat tolerant.
  • Boesemani Rainbowfish – a schooling fish, so either the cories or the rainbowfish, but not both
  • Endler’s Livebearer – but they might prefer a little salt which would not mix with cories.
  • German Blue Rams – could be a shrimp eater
  • Betta – love them, but concerned about horrible breeding conditions
  • White Cloud Mountain Minnow – compatible with cool water cories and shrimp safe



Feels so light and bouncy.

By the way, while I was at the salon, the radio started playing Christmas music!! It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. We (customers and staff alike) all agreed, change the station! I like Christmas music. It’s so festive. And twinkly lights are so nice to have in the dark winter days. But not before Thanksgiving. Let me enjoy and savor one thing at a time.

Contrary Mary

Here’s how my garden grows:
After waiting for half a year, the snake plant leaves have finally sprouted a new leaf. For the longest time, I had just these leaf pieces sticking up from the dirt and even though they stayed green, it almost looked like they weren’t going to take. Sometimes I even forgot to water them because they didn’t show any visible growth. The only thing that kept me on them was anytime I tried pulling the leaves up, they didn’t budge. That told me they rooted.

I got a new cutting from a coworker. I’d been wanting an arrowhead vine for a while to add to my collection.

And I’ve also rescued this pitiful looking planter from work. It wasn’t getting any water or much light. I’m hoping to revive it and bring it back but I might cheat and plant some of my own cuttings to get it looking fuller. I’m not sure yet. For now I’m just trying to salvage the survivors.

And speaking of survivors, here are some survivors from my aquatic garden.
Leopard vallisneria with a couple of new leaves after a major meltdown.

Rotala indica finally growing new leaves at the top after its original leaves all melted. You can see the drifty stuff along the stem. Those were all its original leaves. That’s what I mean by melt. They get soft then rot off.

And even though my amazon sword’s outer leaves turned brown it’s grown some new ones from the center to make up for it.