Gosh, I didn't mean to worry anyone. Thanks so much for your comments and concerns, everyone, but things are okay -- I just have been quite busy settling in to the new digs and resuming a bit of writing and some art that is way overdue.
I've also been a bit despondent since the strohi died.. :( so I haven't felt much like talking about fish. But I'm kind of okay now, I just miss the little boogers a lot.
Everyone else is just fine, though I had a scare the other day when Cleo leaped out of her tank like a maniac (I missed her morning feed by sleeping in - that'll learn me!) and she went flopping around the kitchen bench. No harm resulted at all, I plopped her back in her tank and she was perfectly fine, staring at me as if to say, "what's a girl gotta do to get her breakfast around here?'
Om-Nomnom and the Darwin shrimp are all doing great in the tub, no more casualties. I am so fond of this pleco..
Aang has really coloured up, with some lovely deep indigo near his tail and lots more dark scales now.
Cole is still his big ol' mean self. Irish takes great delight in stirring him up. They're as bad as each other. :D
Demyx still has a nub for a tail, since he ate 85% of it after the move. He's happier than ever with this development, and swims about like a little bullet without all that ridiculous finnage bogging him down. I worry about infection, however, so keep an eye on water quality and his general health. All's well so far, though.
Daughter loves the new house, and her room and her bungalow/shed, which is looking very 'homey' and -- shockingly - very tidy as well, relatively speaking. She's done a very nice Lichtenstein-style pop art painting and hung it in the shed, and I am as ever really proud of her art and photography.
The garden here is great. I've been slowly tackling the overgrowth and identifying all the plants. We have a very nice apple tree in blossom out the back, a really old one.. but I have no idea what apple variety it is, so I'm looking forward to finding out (Daughter wants granny smiths, I want red delicious -- both of us are hoping it's not a crab-apple!).
I made a tiny water-garden in a pot by the front door, with some Vietnamese mint, bacopa, golden-eye and dwarf papyrus. It's quite pretty, and I hope it does okay.
Being unable to find sundews anywhere closeby, I bought a nice pitcher plant for my kitchen window, which is sprouting new pitcher-shoots like crazy. Hopefully I can get some Sth African sundews fairly soon, and maybe some of the very large pitchers as well. They'll all go in the sun room, once we have that sorted out -- there's still a few large boxes around the house... I am so sick of boxes! But everything's slowly finding its place.
We also got superfast internet, so we've been watching a lot of movies!
LBF, if I can figure out a way to pick that tank up, I'd like it for sure. My 3ft light got left behind as well, I discovered to my horror, and $ are tight this next month or so.. If it's still around when I can afford a light, a stand and transport for it, I will be happy to take it off your hands.
I probably have a ton of stuff to catch up on here, so off I go to read threads for a while! Great to be back, and thanks again all.