Desperate Fishwives, Episode V

Today’s Episode: Extreme Makeover Edition


It finally became too much. The chi was not a-flowing. The feng shui was all out of balance. Negative energy abounds in the form of rampant algae. The plastic plants are alive with the stuff. The rocks. The “silt.” Something had to be done. Here you can see the environment, complete with floating nursery containing the last litter of fry from Mama Guppy. You see the randy boyfriend swimming in the upper right (orangish). The benign tetras are mostly swimming around the bottom.


Everything came out for the deep cleaning process. The decorative rocks. The living plastic plants. You can see the pretty & proud Papa Guppy swimming front & center (blue tail). The benign tetras and trying to be invisible. The bottom feeder is hiding behind the thermometer. He is hiding so well that I dug through all of the living plastic plants to make sure I didn’t inadvertently pull him from the tank. Silly Cory.


In a rare fit of spendthrift, all of the decorations went. Out with the old, in with the new. Including a lovely new fake rock and fake bonsai tree. Very feng shui. There is some time lag between the photos and you may notice that the floating nursery has “greened up” a bit. Also, it was a tragedy, but during the reckless pouring of fresh water into the tank the nursery tipped and some number of the fry were freed. One actually lasted for a day or two. But there have been no recent sightings and it is presumed that all were nosh.

It’s been two weeks since the grand redo and the algae is relentless. The nursery walls are now opaque. The fate of the remaining fry is as unclear. It seems the pet store is not interested in fry, even free fry.

All-in-all everyone seems delighted with the new decor. And so ends another episode.


About Fran Hart

Disciple of Christ, earning a living as the director of US-based operations for a Taiwanese company, managing an engineering organization while carving out time to write. Wife, Mother, Grandmother.
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4 Responses to Desperate Fishwives, Episode V

  1. therextras says:

    ‘After’ is very pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. you gotta wonder says:

    Thank you Barbara! It was definitely a change for the better. The fish seem to enjoy the new decor.

  3. Jeanette says:

    Do you want to come redo my house?!?

  4. Heidi says:

    Looking good!! I’m sure they’re happy in their new home. ๐Ÿ™‚