Were you waiting for a fish update? THEN YOU ARE IN LUCK.
Especially because I can't remember where I left off. Let's see: we have a 14-gallon tank and it had two rosy-red minnows ("look just like goldfish but don't grow as big") in it, and then we bought five twin-bar platys ("yellow fish with black tail stripes"), and one was a little sickly from the beginning (bitten-looking tail, clamped fins, keeping to the top or else the bottom, not swimming with the others) and eventually died. We bought three more platys, all female because we read that it's best to have 1 male to 3 females or else the males can chase the females to literal death, which made me hate men for a moment. Then one of the new platys died, too. So now we have six platys, four females and two males, which is not perfect but it seems like it's working okay.
We'd thought the minnows would enjoy the company and stop hiding so much, but instead they hid even more than before. So we moved them back to the 2.5-gallon coldwater tank, and we bought three long-finned zebra danios ("stripey grey fish") for the 14-gallon tank. One of the danios died. Fish are tricky business.
So. We have six platys and two danios in a 14-gallon tank, and two rosy red minnows in a 2.5-gallon tank.
Actually, the "six platys" count is not accurate, because one of the platys had babies awhile back, and we've seen up to three baby platys at a time, but we're not sure we still have three because for awhile we've seen only one at a time. I tried to catch the babies with a net, but I was unsuccessful: they are SO TINY, and so good at hiding.
We also bought a little "fish nursery": a small box made of plastic sticks and netting, which fits inside the main tank. I got it because one of the platys looks pretty clearly pregnant, and what you're supposed to do is put the platy in the sub-tank, then after her babies are born take HER out, and then the babies are safe in the sub-tank. But it's been, like, 2 weeks, and a platy pregnancy is only 4 weeks, so I'm starting to feel like this is going to end that she's not pregnant at all but just a little plump (and pissed with us for rushing her to the maternity ward when she'd just had an extra fish flake or two), so we'll see.
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