I had to sell my exercise rower to make room for it. I actually was rather sad about that, but considering I have been using it about twice a month if that, it probably was fine to not be taking up room in our tiny living room anymore. The gym has a couple anyway - I'll probably be okay.
So after the allotted tank equilibrating time had passed, it was time to add the fishies. We went back to Walmart for our first batch. Apparently you are only supposed to add a few at a time and then wait a week before adding more. We got ten. Six glo-tetra's and 4 neon tetra's. Cute little things. We also started our fish log that day to keep track of all the goings on of our new ecosystem.
So they all seemed so very happy and all got along so great and we were happy every time we came home and no one had died. We were starting to think we were maybe a step up from the "novice aquarist's" we once were. Thursday we figured it was time to get some more fish. So we went to the pet store in town and picked up a few more tetra's - 4 candy cane's. And 2 dalmatian molly's. Apparently they are all good co-habitators and mellow fish.
After the flushing episode, Tanner went back to Walmart and picked up crabs. Of the Crustacean variety, not the STD variety, which is also available at our Williston Walmart. He got 2 crabs and a few more neon tetras that sneaked into the bag because the qualified Walmart Pet Department hadn't ever used a fish net before. Score for us. And also a Pleco - a cleaning sucker fish. So all of those are now living in perfect, beautiful, happy harmony. Our crabs are Sarge and Herm. The Pleco is Larry. We can't tell the 8 neons apart so they don't get named. We're still trying to remember the glo's names. We'll get them straight eventually.
It was funny though because when we woke up this morning we could NOT find one of the crabs. We started thinking he had climbed up the tubing we have going into the tank and gotten out. I grabbed a flashlight and started looking on the floor and all over the place. Nowhere to be found. We gave up and then hours later he showed up. Guess he has just found a sweet hiding spot under the ship. Those crabs are awesome though. They are super active and climb all over the plants and when they drop off the top they wiggle their little legs till they land. They're all over the place. It's just SO awesome to sit and watch them all interact and move and eat. Relaxing and fascinating. Such a fun new addition. We are pretty much set on our collection for now. Hopefully we don't have any more incidents for awhile. We do have a few books coming in the mail so we probably are going to be professional aquarists here pretty soon. Tanner even checked the water last night and after a week and several fish changes and additions and deaths - everything is still in balance. Man we're good.