Well, I have Nyoka home now, safe and sound! Haha, she's so tiiiiiiny! Like Lee said, "[he's] seen worms bigger than [her]!" She's maybe six inches long and as big around as a pencil. ^__^ But then, two months back when J&K got her in for me she was only a day or two old. She's adorable
and has such
pretty markings! I took some pics, so I'll post them maybe tomorrow or the next day. ♥
So the guy from J&K dropped Nyoka off on Saturday around noon. Then on Sunday, I bummed a ride from Lee and went out to Critter Cove, which is an awesome fish/pond store out the other side of town. It's way beyond walking distance (especially in the winter), and while I'm sure there are busses that run out there, I seriously have no idea which ones. =/
Anyway, I originally just went out there for a couple of catfish for the tank since my six little ghost shrimp weren't enough to keep the bottom sparkly clean. Basically, I'm finding that to keep the piranha from picking on the other fish I need to feed them at least twice a day (sometimes three times), which means quite a bit more mess that needs picked up at the bottom, and the shrimpies were having trouble keeping up. *shrug* No big deal, I just added two cory cats to pick up the excess, and since I added them the water quality has gone up tons
, and the whole tank is functioning a lot better, so it's all worked out. :)
But while I was there I got a few more little fish to add more colour, activity and visual interest to the tank. So along with the two catfish, I got two tiger barbs and four cherry barbs; both small, fast fish. Tiger barbs are orange/red with vertical black stripes, and cherry barbs are orange/red with darker horizontal red stripes. Very pretty. The cherries school with my remaining cardinal tetras, and the tigers... well, they take after their name. They're quite brave and aggressive, especially when it comes to food. They even bully the piranha sometimes, which is kind of funny to see because the piranha are obviously like "WHAT IS THIS FUCKERY? >/" but they also always end up running away because the tigers won't back down. XD;;
It's been quite interesting keeping fish again, especially with the piranha. I'm experimenting with different fruit and veggies with them, and while they don't seem all that happy with the potato I've got in the tank right now, they really liked the orange I gave them a couple of days ago. Mostly though, they've been doing great with the tropical fish flakes and bits of meat/veggies to supplement. They were particularly excited about the chicken neck I gave them yesterday afternoon.
Basically, they get bits of whatever meat we happen to be having for dinner lol. ♥
And now because I've just rambled about animals and pretty much nothing else for the last few entries, a brief update on how other things are going:
I'm settling in alright. Still have a few boxes to unpack, but I'm 90% there. On Friday Mom and I have to take a truck load of stuff to the storage unit because I've found a bunch of things that I don't have
to have here, and really, my room is pretty crowded as it is.
Tonight I finally got out a hammer and put up the two wallscrolls that I brought with me (my KH one and my FFVII: AC one-- I sadly had to put all the rest of them in storage ;A;) and the two bulletin boards (again, the third one had to go into storage), so it feels more like home here again. Blank walls just don't do it for me.
Unfortunately in the process of packing and moving, the frames for two of my LoZ prints got broken. ~_~;; I had planned to put them up too, but for now they're all piggybacking in Midna's frame so that they don't get wrinkled or ripped. Eventually I'll get new frames for Link and Zelda and then I'll put them up.
I also have one other print that I got at Matsuricon that I want to put up, which I still need to get a frame for. And my artsy cat photos are going up at some point too. But for now at least I've got some colour on the walls.
Aaaaand right now I'm watching a TV box set of ESPU episodes. Yay for animal shows, even if this one makes me angry because it's about poaching. (STUPID POACHERS.) =/ Or, at least, it's about the anti-poaching unit in Africa and their work.
Oh, and I had a little extra money this month and was sad and depressed and everything sucks right now so I cheered myself up by adding to my figure family; I got formation arts Riku, and formation arts Final Form Sora. YAY! 8D
Speaking of... am hoping to get back into rping some more soon. I don't think I'm necessarily up to joining an actual LJ RP yet, but I'd love to do some one-on-one rp with people. Will probably bug Maddie and Chloe for Kyo and Roxas Shinra!RP. *nodnod* And maybe Steph will do some rping with me with Tetsuya or Iniko or Tokiya. >.>
EDIT: And I keep dreaming about Tri. Once I dreamt that someone brought him back from the brink of death with magic and he was back with me again. Then another time I dreamt that I was going to school (my old elementary school, go figure) and he and Loki and Neko all followed me to school, so I was trying to find them around the building. I found Tri first and just held onto him so tightly and wouldn't let him go even when the teachers said I had to put him down for class. That type of thing. I guess I'll have dreams like that for a long time, probably...
EDIT #2: Hmm, just looked up how to (externally) sex ball pythons and sand boas out of curiosity. Then I checked Aya, and am 90% sure he's definitely a male. I think
Nyoka's a male too, actually, but s/he's still way too little to tell for sure and I'm certainly not an expert at these things. I don't really care all that much either way, it's not as if I plan to breed them or anything. I mean, if I really wanted to know that badly the people at J&K said they would probe them for me when they were big enough. *shrug*
Also? Have been looking at African Soft Furred Rats
because ASDGH LOOK AT THE CUTE!! X3!! I want some of these, and there's even a breeder a couple hours from here where I could get them for $10/female $5/male. But I don't think I could convince Mom to drive me that far just to pick up some rats. XD;;
EDIT #3: I am so totally not looking into Hog Island Boas
now. Or Blood Pythons
. Or Carpet Pythons
. Nope not at all.
I think I'm officially addicted to snakes. >>;
I'm looking for smaller snakes still. Hog Island Boas and Blood Pythons seem promising, but I'm iffy on Carpet Pythons. They're gorgeous, but even the smaller breeds (like the Irian Jaya, which average 4-6 feet) have the potential
to reach up to 13 feet long. =/ (They are arboreal though, which would be very cool.)