Robert (gurdonark) wrote,


I got a chance to look at the book I bought at the
Under 5 Dollar bookstore on Sunday. It's called:
"A Complete Authoritative Guide to Corydoras Catfishes". Lots of great pictures of these little aquarium armored catfish. My last aquarium,in California, was a guppy tank. I had originally wanted a tank full of less popular livebearers,such as the Midget Livebearer. Then, when I was browsing in an Altadena pet shop,
a clerk at the register shouted out "Fred! Go in the back and get me 50 more feeders!". The feeder guppies not only were being sold to be fed to other fish; they were hidden from view.
I immediately asked for a dozen; I believe they cost a dollar.
The clerk seemed a bit puzzled that I would confine myself to the loss leader product. When I got them home, and put them into the new aquarium, they were a pale and fairly immature bunch. Within
weeks, they were robust and breeding. As time went on, different color variations seemed to breed in and out of the tank like rainbow assortments; it was a crazy science experiment, with no Mendel aboard to explain it. When we left CA, I gave my fish and tank to the neighbor girl. We must have pulled over a hundred guppies from that tank. The guppy tank reminded me of a similar one I kept for my 7th grade science teacher. I'll never forget how some White Cloud Mountain fish actually bred amidst those hundreds of guppies. I had been thinking my next aquarium would be a livebearer aquarium, and I guess I still think it will. Livebearers are so easy to breed, and it's fun to breed fish in captivity. But I have to admit the notion of a dozen little armored catfish is very appealing to me right now.

I sent Polarbird a little note on how much I like his site.
His mail art calls have penguin themes; very clever.
Someday I want to do a mail art call, but right now I'm
still trying to figure out how to draw a stick figure that doesn't look like a stick figure. Thank goodness for the camera.
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