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17th-May-2004 12:38 am
Saturday, kuteluvr and I made a trip to the awesome Ocean Aquarium shop and got a bunch of fish for the tank. The end goal is to get some Discus, as they are Chris' favorites, but the tank isn't quite ready for them yet. But we're building up to that. This weekend we got a few varieties of very pretty fish.

12 Cardinal Tetras (paracheirodon axelrodi)

6 Checkerboard Cichlids (dicrossus filamentosus or crenicara filamentosa)

3 Powder Blue Gouramis (colisa lalia)

4 Tiger Shrimp (neocaridina sp)

The tetras are the most dramatic and least interesting of the bunch. The gouramis are lovely in a more understated way, and swim very fast and are so much larger than the other fish that they tend to bully them. Poor Basil doesn't quite know what to make of them. I think all 3 of them are males, my bad cause I picked them out myself.

My favorites are the checkerboards. They have very pretty iridescent colors. I love how they move - it's like a hummingbird. They move a bit, then pause, then move again.

The tiger shrimp have gone into hiding. I spotted one in the grass today, trying to avoid the big nasty fish who were thinking about whether he'd make a good lunch.

I've been trying to take photos of the tank with my new camera, but I haven't figured out the right focus and lighting to get a clear shot. Soon as I do, I'll post some.
17th-May-2004 07:32 am (UTC)
I'm not exactly sure if Discus are my "favorites"... but I do think they're pretty, dramatic, and according to most of the info I've read, a bit of a challenge. For me, it's mostly that they're new and different, though I do like them very much, so I guess "favorite for the moment" would be a reasonable claim. If they don't work out (read: if they die becuase my/our care is insufficient), we'll back-peddle to a HUGE quantity of smaller fish that are easier to take care of... but we'll see :)
17th-May-2004 08:40 am (UTC)
The powder-blue gourami looks (in the picture) like an impressionist rendering of a fish. You can see the brush strokes. I like it.
17th-May-2004 08:41 am (UTC)
ours look just like that! prettier live tho...
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