Caturday with Fish

Keshet’s favourite thing in the house is the aquarium. It’s a lovely warm place to sleep on, and it’s got interesting little creatures flitting around in it. Good for hours of fun watching and batting at the glass with her paws.

We had this aquarium for a few years now. The angelfish were the first ones we got, together with some guppies and zebrafish. The angelfish slowly grew huge, but the others didn’t seem to be doing very well. It took us a while to realise the angelfish were probably killing the smaller fish! We decided to wait until the angelfish were gone before getting new ones. Well, one of the angelfish is still here after 3 years! 🙂 So for ages, we had an aquarium with one ancient angelfish and two geriatric zebrafish, who had managed to hang on. It was getting a bit overgrown by weeds and overcrowded with snails, too.

Until we got tired of waiting. We decided that our angelfish was now so old and slow that he would not be an efficient hunter anymore, so after a good cleanup we got new guppies and platies. And they seem to be doing fine, woohoo! 
So fine, in fact, that I recently discovered a baby fish in the tank! Great excitement. It is very hard to spot him, because he is TINY and transparent, and he hides most of the time, but now and then we see him darting out to grab a bit of food. We’ve put a few extra hiding spaces in for him and any other babies that might appear.

Baby guppy living dangerously right beside the angelfish

Strangely, I had never even thought of the possibility that our fish might breed! Apparently, guppies are prolific breeders. The rabbits of the aquarium world, so to speak. Interestingly, they don’t lay eggs but bear live young. Their pregnancy is surprisingly long – about 31 days, the same as a rabbit. According to my research, we have several pregnant females, judging to the size of their bellies and the dark spots on their sides.

Female guppy with dark spot indicating pregnancy

In fact, I found out platies are also livebearing and their pregnacies also last about 31 days. Blimey! Now that you mention it, our two platy females also look very round!

Suspiciously round-looking female platies

Now, I’m spending ages every day just staring into the aquarium. Looking for new babies or signs of birthing females. Yesterday, I caused an almighty fuss when I really thought one of the guppies was giving birth. Everone came rushing over, but it turned out to be a false alarm. Well. 

When new baby fish do appear, there’s the unfortunate possibility that the angelfish will gobble them all up. But he doesn’t seem much of a hunter anymore, he prefers hanging out next to the heater all day long. I’ll just hope for the best, because I’m not sure a separate birthing aquarium will be possible for us right now.

In the mean time, Keshet continues to occupy her favourite spot! 🙂

Hope you had a great caturday! 🐱💚


About tarnegolita

Dutch expatriate, mother of 3 boys, freelance translator and pet zoo keeper in a kibbutz in Israel.
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8 Responses to Caturday with Fish

  1. Vicki says:

    we used to have platies.. the babies hid out in java moss until they were big enough to evade the bigger fish. we eventually had so many platies that we had to take the young ones to an aquarium store.

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  2. My sister had guppies and boy! did they breed. She always had babies around. She, too, had to give some away — to friends.

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  3. How nice-surprise babies! We’ve never had tropical fish, but our pondfish breed every year. Obviously they face a few more hazards outside…good luck with them 🙂

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  4. aheikkinen says:

    Keshet’s own TV and cozy, comfy warm place 🙂

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