Around noon on Thursday, the mailman handed this box to me as I was headed out the door. Although I had been expecting them, I immediately freaked out. Now what do I do with them!
I opened the box to find 25 swimming fish, all alive. They came with an instruction sheet and some suggestions on how to help the fish adjust to the new tank. But it felt very scary to think about releasing all these tiny and expensive fish into our huge tank. Especially with the current, giant resident.
This goldfish has survived quite a journey. We inherited the aquaponics system from a neighbor who had moved away. When we picked up the system, after months of it lying unused, we found this fish in there. He moved into a goldfish bowl in our house for close to a year. Once we finally got the system up and running, we put him in there as a test fish. At that time he was 1.5–2 inches long. He is now probably close to 4 inches in just 2 months! I decided to take him out of the tank and send him back to the goldfish bowl until our new fish reach a bigger, less appetizing size. I don’t like him enough to give him a $100 buffet.
The first step was to float the bag in the tank and allow the fish to acclimate to the temperature. I had to go away for a few hours, so they got a long adjustment time. After about 4 hours, they were released into the tank. It is quite hard to spot 25 less than an inch long silver fish in a 150 gallon tank. Each day since, I have been scanning the water trying to catch a glimpse of them to reassure myself that they are alive. Every now and then I see a shimmer of silver and figure it must be one of them. I can’t wait till they get a little bigger and I can monitor their growth a little more easily.
On the grow bed side, at least one creature is enjoying the system!