Yes. I talked about crack. Sue me!


So I've rethought the attic based on setting the filter in the tank and so forth.

I shall not destroy the G1 shelf but destroy the Energon shelf instead! See. It fits well with bots on each side. When the light is on it'll fill the entire attic with warming love too.

Now Number 6 will be incredibly jealous since I've decided to go with a small tropical community environment instead of goldfish. I'll probably start out and cycle the tank with 3 small long fin zebra danios, then after a few weeks add a small pleco or 2 small grey corydoras or other bottom scavengers. Then probably finish it off with some other hardy basic fish like Tetras or guppies (though they could get out of hand). Well, maybe a couple of ghost shrimp. We'll see how the tank and bio bed handles it once everthing is established. Who knows what'll change my mind between now and then.

But... I could go completely horridly unreal and go with black mollies with the black gravel with black everything else then put in some of those albino corydoras. That'd be practically an abonimation against nature.

And I learned something very important while cleaning up the attic shelves. I can no longer have the "buy one to open, buy one to save" mentality that often plagues toy collectors. There's just not enough room here. I separated out an entire pile of duplicate TF Energon figures. Thank god most of these were bought on clearance or substantially reduced prices. This'd even make a pretty decent lot on Ebay if one needed a wide range of Energon shit. Perhaps. It'd help pay for the aquarium stuff.

I'll probably be fairly picky with my Transformers Cybertron purchases too. There's just not a whole helluva lot of the Galaxy Force stuff that I like so I don't see bothering buying the domestic releases. I'll probably snag a few and the bots always get better as a line matures. Then again, I could probably part with much of my Armada and Energon line to make room for new things.

Collecting-wise I'm pretty much going to focus on Takara G1 releases from Masterforce and Victory and the ever fun to track down Micromasters stuff.

And I've decided to be picky too. I'd rather spend $300 for a mint figure with all accessories and box than spend $100 on 3 figures that may be rare but are missing pieces. You just can't find accessories to figures that were never released in the US. It is just too much of a pain in the ass. Poor Robowang's drama over a domestic released accessory is nothing compared to what it'd be like to track down a piece of a Japanese only figure. Not too mention if it never arrived once you bought it.

Anyway. Life goes on in the world of fishes and plastic crack and attics with too much shit in them.


Congrats on the continued viability of Number 6.

L and I went by the local Petco and I saw the tank of the condemned goldfish. It was like looking into a gold swarm of fish. They looked fairly lively. Though most will meet a gaping maw, perhaps some kind soul in Jebland will spare a couple.

We haven't added fish to our tank in about three years. We're down to a couple of black skirted tetras, a couple of penguin tetras, and a molly of some sort. They all keep to themselves mostly.

Your adventures with numbers 1 - 6 have inspired me though. Perhaps on the way home one day I will buy more fish--maybe a couple of dwarf gouramis.

I think you should give the big tank to No. 6. It makes me sad to think he'll be trapped in a tiny bowl while other fish are enjoying the big house. I know they're just fish, but I think No. 6 deserves more.

Mr. Laser: I'm pretty sure #1-#5 were problematic due to breeding. #6's genes are just better. He is totally active and is doing well.

Then again it may have been the filter but I doubt it.

Three years? That's a long time. You environment must be extremly stable if those fish have lasted that long. Of course, you haven't introduced anything into it that could affect the balance either.

Hmmm... I didn't think about dwarf gouramis. The exciting part of this planning is just thinking of all of the options I have now. I hope to get the water and filtration systems up and running by tonight or tomorrow then start the cycle Saturday or Sunday.

That'll give me a couple of weeks to finally decide on what to do.

Kelmeister: #6 will eventually get a bigger bowl or, if I find one of those 3 gallon self-contained aquariums he'll go there with another fish or ghost shrimp.

I keep telling you, I'm a KING PRAWN not a SHRIMP!

I like dwarf gouramis because they're colorful, but they're also very hardy. After our first swordtails One and Two kicked it, we got Three and Four (a pair of dwarf gouramis). The great thing about gouramis is that they'll breathe air, so if your water is a little low on oxygen, they'll be OK.

We've got a pretty stable tank. It's a 46 gal bowfront, and it has a very light fish loading--I think that might be a major factor. Things got much better for our tank when we moved to our house. Among the changes:
* removed sand from bottom of tank, replace with gravel and undergravel filter (keeping power filter as well)
* removed live plants
* switched to different water supply, which might mean different purification chemicals. We use water from an outdoor hose, which may not even be treated if it comes from our irrigation supply.
* we have pretty hardy fish to begin with
* I'm a little light on feeding them, which cuts down on the loading of uneaten / decomposing food

When we lived in our apartment, it was a battle to keep the tank on an even keel. In the house, it practically runs itself.

Let's see what happens when we add some gouramis to the mix. I feel the urge to mess with a good thing

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