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Water World update

March 25th, 2013

My cousin Val just gave me two new varieties of guppies. We must be related because we seem to go through similar phases at similar times, and of course, because we share our things, we end up increasing our collection of whatever it is we're into. That is why we have menageries for homes.

Lately, we've both gotten into fancy guppies. That was coincidence. Just so happened that my dad was thinning out his stock of red guppies and let me have a bunch. Just so happened she had friends who gave her blue, Russian, and cobra guppies, and then she bought a breeding pair of goldens. She has a rainbow of fish at her house.

Guppy baby bowls

Guppy baby bowls

I went over to see this newly converted bathroom that's now dedicated to fish. We swapped our extra fish. I now have a new bucket of blues outside, and two bowls of golden and cobra babies in the kitchen window. My reds are in a corner of the house. My new purple Betta, named Auberge, is on the kitchen counter. My fish-obsessed dad is proud.





Out husbands think we're crazy. I tell Claus I'm just being a good Chinese. It was my people, after all, who began raising fish as pets in the 10th century. That doesn't work for Val because her husband is Chinese, too. I'm suggesting she remind him she could be out buying designer handbags!

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5 Responses to “Water World update”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    Guppies schmuppies. Whatever happened to those 'opae 'ula? Inquiring minds want to know! I put ''opae" into this blog's little search window and discovered it's been more than 6 months since we've heard about them. I got suspicious when I read the stories about the fence being built around the little garden, and my fears turned toward thoughts about the need for fertilizer.

  2. kuunakanaka:

    aloha Diane:

    fish is good, but opae ula is better. fish requires food and cleaning of bowls. opae 'ula is low maintenance. ur fishes r pretty.

  3. Diane Ako:

    Funny! I'm pleasantly surprised at the interest in the opae! I do have a blog I'm writing on it, but it's not finished yet. Coincidence you asked about the shrimp. I'm excited to tell you, soon.

  4. galekaminari:

    I LOVE your fish! How do you clean all the containers??

    I wondered about your gorgeous fish named Auberge. Perhaps you meant to name it Aubergine? Eggplant. Auberge sounds like a nickname, like Al, or Di, but is another full word with a meaning. I think an Auberge is like an Inn. It is a type of travel accommodation.

  5. Diane Ako:

    galekaminari- You're right, I looked it up. I guess I meant Aubergine but the fish is now named for the hospitality industry rather than the ag industry. LOL. I still like the sound of it. LOL

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