Folks, after a not so great start to my Monday, things are really beginning to look up. Most of the news has to do with fishkeeping, so I wanted to share with all the patient posters that "held my hand" through a freak bleach-crisis. Firstly, the best news: FINALLY, after TWO long months of waiting for the post office to forward it back to the IRS after having delivered it to my old address, I got my stimulus check in the mail
Now I can finally pay my car insurance.
Secondly, I visited another fish store today that I hadn't been to in quite awhile. Not only do they have all the fish I'm interested in (TRUE blue platies, not the spotted blues that PETCO sells) but at somewhat competitive prices. I also discovered the most adorable gourami that I've got to incorporate into one of my tanks, somehow - either my 3gal or my 10gal (the latter will potentially hold 5 white clouds and 3 blue platys.) It is a flame gourami, and only grows to about 2 in. long, or so I was told. I asked the fish attendant if it would be all right in a 3gal, but she advised a 10gal, in spite of what I already plan to stock. So, we'll see.
Lastly, ALL of my plants have survived the bleach treatment, even the mystery bulbs that I was so worried about. All of the old leaves disentegrated, but there were already new ones shooting up in their place and they grow FAST. I'm so happy that I didn't lose those plants; they really are the favorites in my tank. Furthermore, I've actually managed to keep a baby java fern happy and healthy. It's budding off of an old plant, and I went ahead and removed all the older, spotted leaves. These "baby" plants really are beautiful, which is why I included pictures
In any case, I'm very proud of myself for being able to keep a planted tank, seeing as I couldn't even keep much more than a betta alive not so long ago. Can't *wait* to set up my 10gal and stock those platies. Don't worry, though, I know about the nitrogen cycle
P.S. Again, I must apologize for how much my camera sucks.