Friday, July 20, 2007

The shrimp are HATCHING!

I found four teensy, tinsy little clear shrimp on the aquarium glass today, and it is SO exciting.  I don't know if mama shrimp has hatched them all yet, or if these are just the early birds, as she wouldn't turn so I could see her belly, but still, FOUR.  If I'm finding four there are probably more!  So, I will have to put the snails on a diet and increase my water changes to keep the tank clean for them, but stop vaccuuming the bottom to make sure I don't suck them up.  BABIES!  My cherry shrimp tank isn't doomed to failure after all.  :D

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Got some aquarium snails in the mail on Friday, and they are eating/laying eggs like mad crazy.  They are cute little striped things, but really, too many is too many.  So I now have my morning rounds with the turkey baster removing extra eggs.  I am hatching some for Byron and some to try and trade in at the fish store, but we shall see, and really, I don't need THAT many snails.  I'm removing like three or four clutches EVERY DAY.  That would be lots of babies!

Elspeth loves the snails, she always wants to hold them which worries me as they are fairly small (size of a nickel), and I'm afraid she might mush one even with strict supervision.  So, we are thinking of getting her a haustrom, they sell them at one of the local fish stores.  These puppies get the size of a tennis ball, so there's no way she could hurt them.  They are plant eaters though, so it would need it's own tank.  I am thinking a 20 long (we could put it on the Abomination aquarium stand, it's not so bad now that it's in Elspeth's room), with just a filter.  Also a rainbow shark for Mark (he REALLY wants one) and maybe some brigs for me, just to fill it up.  So, if anybody wants to contribute to the coolest birthday present for Elspeth ever, let me know.  ~_^

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Announcements = sent

They are all in the mail.  Apparently quite a few have already arrived, which is nice.  If you still want one, and have not given me your address, there are still quite a few more, so send me a mailing address!

In other news, Elspeth rolled in the dirt at the playground today.  Then she poured ketchup all over herself (and Mark's laundry, groan).  Then she found jelly beans and chewed them and spit them all over the house.  She was one sticky baby, and I am one frustrated mommy.  Gave her a bath though, so at least she's clean.  I am still finding jelly beans.  >.<

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


I am sending out the first wave of Emersen's birth announcements.  Anyone who wants one, who HASN'T sent me their address within the last month or so, please send me your address now.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Busy day

First of all, the plants got here, so I spent about two hours stuffing them into the 20H.  It was SO MUCH FUN.  They sent me so many extra plants, and they were all perfect, even after getting stuck in the post office over the weekend.  Elspeth was my little helper, she did a good job with the string and small rocks.  Unfortunately though I kind of forgot about lunch, Elspeth was ok because I always have crackers and cheese and raisins out for her (some days, it's the only way she eats), but I was kinda woozy by the time I was done.  Low blood sugar is NOT fun.  I am hoping the crypts grow in quickly, when they do this tank is going to look AWESOME.  There will be pictures.

Today is also the first day of the Freedom Festival on Center Street, we went to that after quick dinner at Guru's (mmm, tasty noodles and rice), and we got to hear Moosebutter.  Elspeth loved it, which made Mark proud, I think.  Also, Elspeth saw an enormous tortoise, and was a little scared of it.  If it was far away, she wanted to look, but she did NOT want to get close!  She was very cute.