Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Death and life

It's almost been a year since we got our fish tank. It's been quite the learning experience and we still have a ton to learn. Man we've gone through quite a lot of fish in that amount of time. These guys had stood the test of all the change. 
The little red, white and blue ones were purchased at Walmart in the very beginnig and have really stuck it out. So many others have come and gone for reasons unbeknownst to us. That black and orange one has been around second longest. Then also we have a pleco sucker fish that has been there from the beginning too. He has gotten HUGE! Luckily he still fits safely in the crocodile mouth for most of the time. 
Anyway...Tanner and I decided a few weeks ago we should do a big tank cleaning. So we took all the fish out and rinsed plants and gravel and washed the tank, etc etc. It looked way good when it was done and all the fish seemed quite content with the freshness. Then I got the idea to add some more fish to the tank. It had been quite awhile since we had and we had plenty more tank space so I got a few more at Walmart. 
They were sweet looking things and everyone was getting along so well. Then it happened. A death. One of the new ones died a few days later. Here we go again. And then a couple more looked nasty and I took them out and the next day they were both dead. What the heck. Only the next couple days later when I noticed little white spots on ALL the fish did I realize what was going on. Ich. A parasite that hooks on the fish and their gills and kills everything it touches basically. It can be treated so Tanner stopped that day to get some medicine and we started the treatment process. We only had like 5 or 6 of the 13 left so it was a long shot. Long story less long - they all died. All except the black and orange and our sucker fish. I know it sounds stupid and they are just tiny little fish but it really has made me so sad. It sucked seeing them so sick and day after day them dying off. We loved those little neon tetras. And I killed them all by buying a sick fish from crap hole Walmart. Ugh. So sad. 
But Tanner went to Minot last week and went to the pet store and bought a bunch more. We have a lot more variety and so far only one has died. We think it got stuck to the filter accidentally and not sick. No signs of ich or other problems. Which I hope it stays that way cause I can't handle killing off a bunch more right now. 
We love having a tank. It is so fun to watch them. I just fed them and it's kind of a frenzy. Fish are awesome I have to say :) 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Neighborhood tour

I took these pictures on a walk LAST winter and just never got around to posting them.  And seeing that for some reason I can NOT sleep, why not blog.  And eat.  Perfect combo.

This is our home sweet home.  Welcome to Glen Villa Mobile Home Park.  For the most part, I think the pictures speak for themselves. 

This was the view from the back of our house for a good part of the summer last year.  Classy. 

I think accessorizing is key here. 

We kind of missed the boat on capturing this gem at it's finest.  Holy moly for months it was the biggest junk pile of a place.  It was insane.  They have since moved with the trailer and a newer, cleaner trailer and occupant have taken up residence. 

This is the owner's place and our mail boxes on the left. 

I wish our place was green.

Who doesn't like bath tub accessories?

This is a couple "houses" down from us and is often the yard we find Rozzi wandering around in when she's decided to go exploring. 

This is our front yard.  I think we've had 2-3 different neighbors living in this place since we moved here and almost all of them have graced our yard with miscellaneous paraphernalia. 

So yeah.  That's just a few of the most classic trailer park trailers.  A real live house and neighborhood is going to be like the most amazing and glorious thing ever some day.  For now - we take it all in stride and are grateful we have a warm place to live. It most certainly could be worse! We recently learned a nick name one of our friends refers to us as: The Trailerhausers.   I think it's awesome.  And fitting.  We are getting a shed soon, so we'll have ample space for anyone dying to come visit the North Dakota Trailerhausers.