Saturday, December 8, 2007

A Plea For The Local Readership

This is going to sound like a crazy post, I am sure, but I'm hoping that one or two of the locals who read this blog will be able to help me out here.

Last Christmas, we bought Abigail a fish tank. Over the last year, we've really come to enjoy the fish in the house. Sometime this last fall we decided we enjoy it so much, we needed to upgrade Abigail's tank to a larger one. A faulty filter pump sped that process up, and we upgraded her to a larger tank. I managed to repair the filter pump after the fact and decided to set up her old small tank in the living room for more fish. I kept putting it off and putting it off, and then a week before Thanksgiving, I set it up and bought some new fish- 3 black Mollies to be exact. These were my "beta" fish, designed to get my tank to cycle, knowing full well that the starter fish could very well not last long.

So imagine my surprise, when these fish seem to be languishing, and then one day we discover something new in the tank. And then another something, and then, oh dear, about 25 new somethings! One of my fish was pregnant when I bought her! At first we simply enjoyed the fish and the experience, fully expecting that the majority of these baby fish would in fact, be eaten by the adult fish in the tank. It happens. Well, it's been two more weeks, and every single one of my babies are still intact and thriving. In fact, the increase in fish enabled my tank to cycle in half the amount of time. I've moved six of the babies into Abigail's already crowded tank, but that leaves twenty-some in the tank. (Hey, they move around and are difficult to count.) I did lose my one male adult before the tank cycled, but I suspect he did his duty on at least one of the ladies before his final swim.

Which brings me to the crux of this post. I need a home for my fish! The condition is that they need to go to an established fresh-water tank. These are baby fish, so they won't do for a brand new set up, and I can't even guarantee that they'll live. But if there's anyone in my area who would like these fish, or knows someone who would like some fish- please send me an e-mail at tummytreasureATgmailDOTcom. You can have 2, 3, 4, 8, as many as your tank will hold. I just can't flush them, and we're not in a position to upgrade to the big tank that I really want for my fish, so I'll just have to give them away. They're all black mollies- but some of them seem to have a hint of silver on their bellies. Should be interesting to see how they grow.


Sullicom said...

If we were nearby we'd be happy to help. We've already got a house full of animals, so what's one (or 25) more.

I had this situation with gerbils once. I finally found a pet store that took them. Maybe that could work for you.

Erika W. said...

Oh, I never thought of that one Steve! I'm going to check into that next time I'm running around. Thanks!