I had plenty of little chores to do this weekend and I managed to get most of them done already. 🙂
I fixed my back gate by chopping all the ice and snow away from it and a few inches either side of it. Now it closes without having to be tied shut again. When the snow all melts (I really hope it melts before next winter), it should even close properly once the snow that is piled 5 feet up on the fence has melted. It was cold working out there yesterday, but today is even colder – so I’m glad that’s done. I still have to start shoveling some snow away from the house, especially the basement windows where I have window wells. The front one isn’t too bad because I already cleared it enough to let some light in, but the back one is really buried and I have to plow through a lot of deep snow to even get to it.
I cleaned Freddy’s little water-home and changed a bunch more water from the big aquarium. It really doesn’t take much time to do these and I’m not sure why I hadn’t looked after the large one for as long as I had let it go. This time I didn’t catch the fish, since I wasn’t taking as much water from it.
I decided I was going to get a smaller aquarium for those 5 little fish that would also be big enough for Freddy to move into and I found one today. It is a 10 gallon aquarium and it came with pretty much everything I would need or want for it, including a stand.
I washed everything, but it really didn’t need it since they had already cleaned it up nicely. Then I started putting water into it, stopping when it was about 1/2 full to check for leaks. No leaks were found, so I added the gravel and then finished filling it up.
One thing it didn’t have was a sponge for the filter – but that wasn’t a problem. I had a couple of new sponges, so I put a new one into the established tank’s filter and took one of the 2 in it, out to put into the new tank’s filter. The other thing is didn’t have was a background, so I found one I liked online, printed it out and put it up. It took 3 sheets of paper to cover the back of the tank and I really like it.
So here is the new tank, all set up and just waiting for it to cycle for a few days before adding Freddy and the little guys.
Now, the question will be – what to do with the large aquarium. At first my thoughts were to find another home for it – but then I started to think that I could maybe put something different in it. I used to have Cichlids many years ago and they did very well, so I might consider them again. Once I get Freddy and friends into the 10 gal tank, I will make a few more water changes to get the big tank ready for whatever I end up deciding on. It is still possible that I may decide to empty it and find another home for it too. I’m open to suggestions. 🙂
I just measured my large aquarium and found out it is a 30 gallon one. I now remember that I gave my 60 gallon one to my daughter for her Bearded Dragon several years ago and got this smaller one. It is 36 inches long x 12 inches wide and 18 inches high. Going by the chart that I found here, it looks like the one I had before had actually been 65 gallons (36″ x 18″ x 24″).