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post #741 of 766 (permalink) Old 08-06-2016, 07:45 PM
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lol, farming videos are the best though! We had cows for a while and goats, sheep, peacocks, and chickens (only the chickens were ours, the rest visited frequently and the peacocks decided to stay lol) but I still watch farming videos. There was a post on Imgur a few weeks back about a dad getting his daughter involved with the 4H club and how she was able to spend a few weeks training with a cow for showing at the county fair and how wonderful it was to get city-kids into farmlife even if it's just for a little while. She didn't mind getting dirty and caring for the cow, it was wicked cute! So yep, I understand lol!

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lol, farming videos are the best though! We had cows for a while and goats, sheep, peacocks, and chickens (only the chickens were ours, the rest visited frequently and the peacocks decided to stay lol) but I still watch farming videos. There was a post on Imgur a few weeks back about a dad getting his daughter involved with the 4H club and how she was able to spend a few weeks training with a cow for showing at the county fair and how wonderful it was to get city-kids into farmlife even if it's just for a little while. She didn't mind getting dirty and caring for the cow, it was wicked cute! So yep, I understand lol!
The village my family's from would have chickens and ducks and dogs and cats running loose all around. They belonged to people but it was unheard of for anyone to steal them (because everyone knew everyone ) and there really wasn't any car traffic in the streets so it was relatively safe. But I lived in cities most of my life. I have always loved farm animals though. My Gf would love to buy up a farm and have all kinds of animals and start a rescue.
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Oh lawd.

So... The gf might have gone off the rails... Go back to about an hour ago, I was in my apartment kitchen, unsuspectingly doing my own thing and preparing some food for the week, when my phone starts going off. I hastily stopped what I was doing, washed my hands (because was cleaning some chicken), and gingerly pick up up the Facetime call. She has a sheepish expression on her face that one can both simultaneously describe as excited and totally guilty. Uh-oh. I tell her I'm in the middle of doing something and can't talk. She says, "I know, hold on, I just gotta quickly show you something..." Uh-huh... She pans her phone camera over the interior of her little car.



I would joke that it looks like she bought out a small fish store, but she kinda did. There is a local couple that runs a hobbyist "pet shop" and petting zoo on their country road property. But for whatever circumstances, they were selling off all their stock.

These are six 10 gallon stock tanks, some with glass lids. Plus driftwood. They were operational up until recently, so I they should be in fair condition.



Better look at the driftwood... Also you can kind of get a glimpse of the tanks after being rinsed off. Much better.



Seventh tank, probably around 25 gallons. Dat local water tho. Hard water stains galore.



It came with some sort of under-gravel filter hookup.





Bags O' Plants



Tug O' Plants (it's 10 gallons, for size reference)





Really nice mother plant.





All these random bits and ends. Including lights, hoods, nets, filters, heaters, and some fake plants and decor. One of the cats is in the picture for reference.



I only see 3, but apparently there are 4 albino cories. I don't really know... Also some guppies. I guess fourth red one either another livebearer or another livebearer and guppy cross. There is also another mystery baby but I hadn't seen it.



She also got these two juvenile clown loaches. I'm not entirely happy about that, since there's not enough for a school and they grow pretty large, but she didn't want "anyone else to buy them and not take care of them."





I don't entirely know if I agree with that recent lol. But I do get like that with bettas, so I guess I don't have room to talk...

There was some more miscellanous things she got with the lot, but they're not really worth taking pictures of. Gf just quickly showed me everything and went to work. I will find out what she plans to do with it all tonight, but for now, I do think it is a little crazy haha. But it really is a pretty impressive haul for what she paid. For the live plants more than anything else, I think. They are probably worth what she paid alone.
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Holy crickies! Congrats! That's insane. We had a similar situation here where the store had a small fire and ended up shutting down. They had everything on huge sale except the tanks. I did end up with some fish, that's where I purchased Romeo the Pearl Gourami I had for a while ^_^ but wow, that's crazy! Good luck to Ci to clean it all! Looks like that big one was used for salt? Or just your insane hardwater calcium deposits lol!!

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Holy crickies! Congrats! That's insane. We had a similar situation here where the store had a small fire and ended up shutting down. They had everything on huge sale except the tanks. I did end up with some fish, that's where I purchased Romeo the Pearl Gourami I had for a while ^_^ but wow, that's crazy! Good luck to Ci to clean it all! Looks like that big one was used for salt? Or just your insane hardwater calcium deposits lol!!
Apparently they were moving out of the area so they were selling everything. They had a whole menagerie; other than aquatics, they had miniature horses, goats, various bird species, rodents, rabbits, chickens, ferrets, hedgehogs, reptiles, and more. They were selling everything. I remember some really crazily cheap listings on their Facebook page, and all of them came with their full setups and supplies. Almost all their animals are gone now. They still have a leopard gecko left (Ci was very tempted because she is really interested in leopard geckos, but she made the smart decision to not impulse buy a type of animal she has no experience in lol) and they were selling him for $50 with everything included. And birds for $5. Like I said, craziness! I have heard of other hobbyist getting lucky with these type of sales, but I never have personally seen one.

She only paid $80 for all the stuff she brought home today.

Yep, that is very hard water in her locality. It does usually come off with a good vinegar/water soak and scrubbing but it builds up fast and looks unsightly.

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Shoot! I would have taken the Leo, just the gecko though not every thing else. But I'm sure it went to a good home

And that's an insanely good price! Wow, I sure am jealous lol. Although, I'm also not because I have a bunch of extra tanks myself that I really don't need but I keep around anyway >.< ugh, so hard to give them up because, what if I need them one day??? haha. Good find on Ci though!

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So. Many. Tanks. So. Many. Fish.

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I have no idea what I'm going to do with all the fake plants, though! Haha.

I took pictures of everything and sent to Feng last night, though there is some more filter stuff I didn't show her. 😂

Also I'm not sure about the good home situation. That's partly why I did the no-no with the loaches.
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She wasn't lying. She really did send me a bunch more pictures of all the heaters and filters and other equipment she got, but you know me... I was not on top of that... >.< Here are some more, finally. These are more fish ones.

This is actually a new male betta she got. Not with the haul, but about 2(?) weeks ago... I posted some pics of him in a thread in "Betta Pictures," but other than that, I didn't really mention him before.



He is another kind of a wonky finned betta. I feel like a lot of the bettas sold in stores at gf's locale have this sort of round tailed delta shape with more bulky plakat-like body. They must all get them from the same wholesaler or something.



These are the haul fish unpacked and in their QT tank.







Guess the unidentified juvie is some kind of baby cichlid. Acara was the shop owner's guess.



My own betta fry now. Normally I try to limit these to my spawn log, but just a little show and tell for you guys who hadn't seen that thread.







One(?) of the fry built a bubble nest in the growout tank.

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Wow that marble baby is gorgeous! Love those markings!
Also the little cichlid looks like a Kribensis baby. Black Acara or Port Acara don't have horizontal stripes even as babies, they have vertical. Blue Acara are blue even from babies (my LFS has some, super cute!)

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