So the other day while I set up the new combined shrimp jar, this plastic box of water was full of subwassertang, hornwort and other small items, with the shrimps in waiting. I plucked out the items one by one to add to the jar, leaving the sponge piece last. It was funny to see all the shrimps clinging and hiding under/around the sponge when it was the last thing in there.
I floated them on it in a plastic baggie to re-acclimate to their new home, and they kept clinging to it when I gently tipped them out into the water column.
I cleaned up all my tools, towels, put stuff away, dried up water drips- and then looked in the jar again. Shrimps were still on the sponge.
It took a while for the first one to drop off, down to explore-
I went and did other stuff around the house, came back half an hour later- most of the shrimps are still on the sponge
checked another hour later- same. It was getting ridiculous- I wanted to see them crawl around in the new home I made for them! but my eight-year-old thought it was really cute: they love
the sponge! she said. She insisted I keep it in there for them. I squeezed the air out so it would partially sink, and wedged it over a rock
Eventually I want to try planting that rock with moss, but for now the sponge adds some height to the decor, and the shrimps do really seem to like hanging around under it, crawling over it, picking stuff off it.
I'm glad I kept the shrimps, instead of tossing them into the angelfish tank to a probable fate- my youngest is very entertained watching them pick through the subwassertang, or trying to find and count all seven. I fed them celery leaf this morning- one tiny leaf, blanched for two minutes and mince up fine (Laddie got some too) and it was really funny to watch the shrimps scramble over it, then creep into separate corners with their handfuls.
When I was done setting up the new jar my daughter exclaimed: "Hey, it looks like a real little tank now! Not like one of those fishbowls
you see on TV
with a goldfish
in it-" that last said in a scornful tone- I guess I've made a proper example, ha, that such is my kid's opinion of a goldfish in a bowl!