Thank you for the plant tips! I've never, ever tried live plants in a tank before, but I've always wanted to and I feel like this would be a great opportunity. (Besides which, I'd really like to be able to bring these fish back in September in a really healthy, sustainable environment-- anything that'll make it easier on them when they're back in the care of the school. I'm graduating this year so I won't actually be IN there, but I'm going to university very close by and my younger sister is still at the school, so I can definitely check up on them.)
How healthy they are has really impressed me, honestly. From what I can tell, their previous owner knew a thing or two about fish; he kept several tanks in his classroom before he retired, mostly with schooling species, and as far as I know this was the smallest tank of the lot. (The other tanks were given out to teachers-- I know one of my history teachers has several catfish on his hands now.) Despite the tank size, as far as I can tell they were raised in a very good environment with regular water changes and a varied diet.
My two cats are absolutely loving the new shinies I've brought home. The tank is right next to our piano, so when it's closed they'll jump up, lay down and watch the goldies swimming. This was Josh half an hour ago:
You can also see our younger tortoiseshell, Tish, on the floor in that last one (they're both rescues; she's a year younger). Josh has since fallen asleep on the piano. It's really cute.
rescues: Idaho, VT ∙ Arro, VT ∙ Thistle, VT ∙ Niles, VT ∙ Konrad, VT ∙ Dorian, VT ∙ Oro, VT ∙ Novo, VT
adoptions: Desi, DeT ∙ Ladon, HMPK ∙ Plato, HM ∙ Firefly, HM ∙ Meja, HMPK ∙ Havet, HMPK ∙ Alexei, CT ∙ Gavril, CT ∙ Ilia, CT ∙ Shale, SDeT ∙ Drae, HM
lps/lfs: Taffler, VT ∙ Dove, CT ∙ Corvus, CT ∙ Auton, HMDT ∙ Rhett, CT ∙ Stirling, HM ∙ Vesper, HM
the sorority: Liberty, VT ∙ Saorise, PK ∙ Neith, VT ∙ Ceres, VT ∙ Thegan, VT