08-01-2011, 07:07 PM
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I hate the maintenance part of fish keeping! And my best friend got irritated with me last night when I told her in the coming months I want to break down my 29g and put in black gravel, a giant bubbling volcano, and two big ceramic coconut trees with 2 goldfish...she got mad because just this past May I removed blue gravel and fake plants and decor to redo the 29g to sand and live plants! LOL All that work! That's how I am though, I get bored easily, and frustrated easily with it all.
I really liked the puffers in the beginning, but lately, not so much. I dont hate them, or have plans on killing them or re-homing them just yet, lol. But I am definitely not in the place of "in love" with them I was the first week or two I had them. It's up in the air on them...will probably keep them because I have put a hell of a lot of work into their tank and just finding them. And when (a few months down the road) when I re-do the 29g, I plan to keep my betta... I will set up my 5g for him in my bedroom, no plans for tank decor, but I know he loves his wisteria plants so it will be a planted tank, he also likes to eat ghost shrimp, so no shrimp at all in his tank, but its acrylic and grows algae like mad, so his two oto buddies will likely stay behind with him. And if I dont do the goldfish thing in the 29g, I will probably venture into freshwater crabs...or try my hand at some brackish crabs (I can figure out brackish water, but am lost to Saltwater...mostly because of all the extra equipment and cost that comes with a Marine tank).
Glad to hear about the feeding thing with the puffers. I babysit my toddler nephew 45 hours a week for my younger sister who is a single mom. I dont have children and i have medical issues, so I am WORN OUT at the end of a shift watching my nephew, and sometimes I just dont feel like defrosting bloodworms, straining them through a net, sifting them out to separate areas of the tank, then going to the 29g to get a handful of snails and then putting them into different areas of the tank. But I do get a kick out of watching the puffers eat snails. lol
LOL I am very picky about my tanks too, and I also dont like messing with the tanks! And oh boy, dont let one of my fish touch me on one of the rare occasion I have my hand in the tank... I scream like someone is trying to murder me! I dont know why, I just dont like the idea of a fully aquatic animal touching me, dead or alive! My betta irritates me because he likes to run his fins on my hand like a cat rubbing a leg! And I use to have cories, and one of my albinos always had to head butt my arm if it was in the tank. Most major tank haul overs are done by my best friend, who laughs at my ridiculous fears and childish screams! LOL I mean, I know what I am doing, and can teach others and do it if I HAVE to, but eh, its whatever. lol