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Fish & Family
Item: I haven't done this in a while, but I decided to purchase a betta from a breeder in Thailand via Aquabid. It sounds scary, but given my past experiences, it tends to work out very well—meaning the fish arrive alive and healthy in spite of having been sent overnight through the post. At this point, our tank has got five kuhli loaches (Avanyu, Scylla, Eris, Hapi, and Ziggurat [Ziggy]) and one Chinese hillstream loach (Abe—yes, named after Abe Sapien; look, we're geeks).

Item: My uncle, his girlfriend, and my grandmother arrive tomorrow. My dad and his wife arrive on Tuesday. I haven't had visitors from Stateside for a while—well, not since my youngest sister visited in March, anyway.

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I hope you're able to relax and enjoy their visits.

I hope the good weather holds for them. It would be so sad to say, 'If only you could have come 2 weeks ago...' They probably wouldn't believe you. :)

I think the weather will hold. Today was lovely!

Hope the betta and family arrive safely!

I'm not too worried about the fish ;)

Fishies over the mail. Sounds like a logistical nightmare.

It's actually shockingly organized - the French transhipper has already been in touch, and the Thai breeder was very prompt to respond when I bought the fish! If you look at the feedback, the number of successful transactions and how few the occurrences of fish dead on arrival are, etc., it's so impressive.

Mail-fish. O__o It's a crazy world we live in.

Hope everything turns out alright! (Also, I love that you have a fish named Scylla. So apt. :3)

I'll post a picture of the betta we're getting in a minute :)

Well, the kuhli loaches are very serpent-like, so it's a good reason for why two of them are named after mythical water-serpents from other cultures (Avanyu = Hopi/Tewa mythology; and then, obviously, Scylla).

Oh, I hadn't heard of Avanyu! I'll have to look into Hopi/Tewa mythology, since a brief wiki scan reveals I know nothing about it. Yay random research topics! :D

LOL, my blue betta is named after Abe, too. ♥

Sadly, we did not end up getting the betta from Thailand because it died. Boo.

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