Monday, February 14, 2011

2011/02/12 - All is not lost

So I was pretty sure I'd killed all the fish.  I was netting the little floating guys out much too frequently, and no one was coming up to eat when I fed them.  So Saturday I planned to drain out most of the water and do a thorough (and depressing) clean up.

As it turns out, it was only the little guys that were lost.  At the bottom of the tank were some seriously big ones.  And my algae eater, whose death would have upset me even more than the Tilapia.

I've purchased a bucket heater and a temperature controller, but don't have the skill to hook them up together.  I've got a call in to my electrician.  Meanwhile, the heater is plugged into the same timer as the pump.  So it's 15 minutes on, 45 off.  The temperature has risen from the high 50's into the low 60's.  I want to get it up near 70 if I can.

So here are my happy fish:

And my happy plants:

The cilantro only sprouted in one of the two pots.  And the cucumbers didn't sprout at all.  But that's not a big deal.  If they still haven't next weekend I'll just plant some more.

I have fish!  Live ones!  YAY!


  1. Are the fish waiting until the food drops to the bottom then? Weird. I wonder why they aren't coming up? But at least they're alive! woohoo! Mmmm, tilapia.

  2. No, they're all eating now. None of them were eating before because of the cold, but only the larger ones could survive that long without food.