In light of my recent post about fish-keeping, I thought I should give you an update on the health of our aquarium inhabitants. I was feeling very excited about being able to report back that all fish are alive and doing well. Which, as a matter of fact, is true. All five fish are still swimming. Quickly. And . . . they’ve even had babies.
Our new fish are of the Platy variety which means they are live-bearers, so the babies have appeared fully formed. Which obviously makes them very tasty, because the parents have eaten all but six of the fry. Well, we were aware it could happen, but thought it best to let nature take its course. Only the strong survive.
Anyway, as proof of life, I took this little video a few days ago.
Lovely, eh? It’s very relaxing to watch them. Or, at least, it was. You see, since taking the video, things have changed. No, the fish are still alive, it’s just that it’s getting harder and harder to see them. The water in the aquarium has grown greener by the day until we have this . . .
And I had to get very close to the tank to record that otherwise all you’d see was me, filming, reflected in the murky green soup.
I know, you’re going to say ‘overfeeding’ or ‘water changes’ or ‘Green Water Control’ but . . . well, I’ve tried it all. They hardly get fed at all now, so it can’t be that. I’ve done loads of water changes, (which I’ve since learned can mean adding more and more nutrients to the water and so making it even worse), so I’m pretty sure it isn’t that. I’ve tried adding chemicals – not bleach, though, something else called Green Water Control which I put in one evening, as directed and came down the next morning expecting crystal clear water but . . no.
So for now it looks as though we’re stuck with an expensive green box in the corner of the room. Nice.