With the passing of our beloved fish, Porthos, the fifty-gallon tank in the living room was looking a bit, well, empty. It was so depressing to see that nice, big, established tank just sitting there with no fishies swimming around in it. Mr. Sea and I decided we couldn't leave it sitting empty for long.
Well, the tank isn't empty anymore! It's now full of the cutest, spunkiest, most active and colorful little fishies you can imagine.
We bought baby fish -- NINE of them -- so that they could grow up and have fun together. They're all sorts of colors -- there's a white one, and a green one, and a couple of yellow ones, and a blue one, and a brown one with leopard spots ... ALL sorts of colors.
And because it's the holidays and there are nine baby fish, we named them after Santa's reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph. Isn't that adorable? Awwww, they're so cute -- the names definitely fit them.
Oh, LOOK, here's little Comet, coming to say hello to everyone! Isn't he a sweet little fishy? Say hi to the nice people, Comet!
What kind of fish are they, you ask? Oh, they're Lake Malawi African Cichlids. Aren't they ADORABLE?
Of course, behaviorally, Cichlids DO tend to make Piranhas seem like fluffy bunnies by comparison. And they do tend to be a bit territorial, and they have a nasty habit of digging up plants and any other aquarium decorations. And we can't put other fish in the tank, for fear of the Cichlids completely MURDERING the other fish. Oh, and there's a chance that when the Cichlids grow up, they might beat the living crapola out of each other...
But ... awwwwwwwwwww ... they're such CUTE widdle fishies!!!