Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fishies in Da Hood

We've got cool neighbors.

I've mentioned this, yes?

Back in the middle of July Upstairs Neighbor Lady had her nephew visiting. He's about Chunky's age and they freaking hit it off.

Upstairs Neighbor Lady had plans to take her nephew to her church's little annual street carnival and asked if Chunky could go with. I didn't mind and gave Chunky a couple of bucks to get swindled out of playing the carnival games.

He came back with not a stuffed animal or some plastic crap toy--he came back with the coveted carnival goldfish.

That week the boys went out and bought the goldfish, whom Chunky decided to name "Leo," some chlorine remover, a big canister of fish flakes and some gravel for the bowl he came in.

I kept prepping Chunky for the inevitable. I kept telling him not to get attached to Leo because these fair fish always die young.

But here it is October--a good few months from July, and Leo's still kickin' it!

Moochie LOVES Leo!!!!

Now I've mentioned our cool Basement Neighbor right? He's friends with everyone in the neighborhood.

So when Guy Next Door was moving this weekend to North Carolina and packing up his stuff, he asked Basement Neighbor if he knew anyone that would be interested in taking his fish tank off his hands.

Basement Neighbor immediately thought of Chunky. Chunky ran the idea by me and next thing you know, he's got a sweet ass self-contained little 25 gallon aquatic ecosystem in his bedroom.


There's a buttload of real plants in there, a shrimp, tons of snails and lots of Danios. And baby Danios!!!!

Talk about sweet! What a set up! There's a heater, filters, lights and even a timer on the lights. At night the lights turn to this psychedelic black-moon light.

Chunky was a little nervous about the responsibility of taking care of these fish, but I told him it's not going to be that hard. The plants, snails and shrimp keep the water clean and all he's really going to have to do is feed them and every now and then top off the tank when the water evaporates.

Such cool neighbors! Such cool fish!

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Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Wow, cool neighbors indeed! That is a sweet set up. Growing up, my dad was into fish big time and we had tanks like that. I used to love to sit and watch the fish. That is until my sister developed a fish phobia!

Lucky Leo! Pi's carnival fish died in 3 days!

9:40 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

I too used to love to watch our fish, the noise of the pump was it makes me want to run to the bathroom ;)

Yay for Leo living long! Mine never did ;) Glad you have some good neighbors!

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! For Good Neighbors!

More fishies for Moochie to Smoochie!!

Chunky, will do good with these fish....look how well he has done with Leo!!

Love, Mom

11:39 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

That's very cool. It's great that you have such nice neighbors!

6:14 AM  
OpenID pyewacketsid said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! I love fish tanks and haven't had one in years. Carnival fish either die within the week or they live FOREVER.

Leo still has his own bowl, right? Goldfish are coldwater critters and won't appreciate the heater like the danios do.

I <3 danios. Mine used to line up in the filter's current every morning for their daily constitutional. They'd swim on their little fishy treadmill for 15 minutes and then go about their day.

6:50 AM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

Nice neighbors!

I'll never have an aquarium again...mine was more work than I was interested in. Haha!

7:24 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

I won a fair fish once. It lived for 12 years and grew to over a foot long. Turned out it was part koi. Who knew?

7:43 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

What do you mean fish don't live that long??? Have you forgotten about Fred and Fredwina??? How could you??? :(

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you have awesome neighbors.

Sean had a carnival fish when he was little. That sucker wouldn't die! Started out in a small fish bowl...then a bubble gum fish tank with an aerator. The fish outgrew that. We ended up getting an aquarium & more fish. That little fish ended up growing to be about 8 inches long & lived several years.

Chunky will do fine with taking care of his pets. He is a responsible young man.

Love, Aunt Susan

8:16 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Look at the oooooh face on Moochie! Love that face!

Maybe we'll get a fish....Dan keeps asking for a pet....and the hubs keeps telling him no to furry things.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Discoknits said...

We got fish this year too. Overfeeding makes the tank funky and you have to clean it out. Maybe we should get shrimp!
Those neighbours go from strength to strength :0)

9:03 AM  
Anonymous SiressYorkie said...

Total SCORE! Fish tanks are so relaxing. I once dated a guy who had an enormous one, and we used to just watch it by the hour...

3:04 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I liked to sit and watch the fish tank, too. I'm not sure what it is about fish swimming around but they're hypnotic. We had a tank full of tetras for a while and then the filter ate them. No, really. One of the girls turned up the filter to high and it was too strong for the fragile fish and it ate them. It was so sad.

Goldfish will grow to the size of their tank. Leo could get considerably bigger in that tank.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Chunky's got awesome carnival skills. Next thing you know, he'll be toting home the ginormous stuffed animal. And what a terrific fish tank -- and terrific neighbors!

2:33 PM  
Blogger DPUTiger said...

There are few things as wonderful as great neighbors. Cool tank! We had one when I was little. I remember a disaster involving a rock tapping against the glass. Not sure if that was me or my brother, but yeah. It was probably me.

9:59 PM  

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