Versatile Blogger Award

I am very pleased to say that I’ve been given a Versatile Blogger Award by the splendid Nivedita AKA Curiosity and the Cat ( Thank you!


I understand that if I accept the Versatile Blogger Award, I need to:
“Nominate 10-15 other bloggers
Inform them of this amazing award bestowed upon them
Share 7 random facts about myself
Thank the blogger who awarded me (complete with the link)”

Here’s some random nonsense:

1. I’m a pescetarian

2. I’ve lost over 3 stones with Weightwatchers

3. I want to write a book but I’m too scared to try

4. I am slightly obsessed with owls

5. I’m an expert procrastinator

6. I’m very happily married (7 years tomorrow – Happy Anniversary BH!)

7. I enjoy Kung-fu movies and Japanese horror

Here goes, my nominations are, in random order: (www. ……..

Lydia Street (lydiastreetdotcom) – beautiful garden and home posts from Christe and Dianna

Born to Organise (gardeningnirvana) – Alys writes a fun, postively inspiring gardening and life blog

Slim Nexus (thenexuscore) – aquarist, gardener, budding linguist and all round project obsessive (and helpful with fish questions!)

Silver Bells (silverbells2012) – Helen’s lovely garden blog with some really great photos and inspiration

Suburban Eye Feast (suburbaneyefeast) – fun, positive posts about beauty products, ‘how to’s, with a bit of life and family thrown in

Devon Morton’s Reef Tank ( – a dream tank from an experienced reef aquarist

Dust Tracks on the Web (dusttracks) – amazing, prolific and stunningly beautiful wildlife photography

Book Volunteer (oxfamwilmslow) – reminds me what great and weird books there are out there, with great reviews

Casual Natural Southern Feminist (casualnatural) – varied blog with fine opinion posts, love it

Romancing the Bee (romancingthebee) – recipes, plants, bees, what more do you need?!

Quratzafar (quratzafar) – excellent, atmospheric story writing

I hope I have got all your details down correctly but please let me know if not! I’m really enjoying blogging and reading your posts too so thanks!

Dwarf Cichlid’s New Eggs

Nice tank news! Mrs C (dwarf cichlid, apistogramma borelli) is keeping watch over a batch of eggs on the rock. She seems to have her dark brown and orange prominent markings on all the time at the moment. I looked for eggs as she doesn’t leave the planted rock very much apart from occasionally chasing Mr C around even though he is staying away from her. The first eggs I noticed a while ago were on the leaf of the rock plant so this is definitely Mr & Mrs C territory. I tried to capture an egg picture so you can just about see the white specks to the left…



Death and Life in the Aquarium

I am sorry to say that the beautiful Rene, my male bristlenose catfish, died sometime last night. He was at the bottom of the tank, lying on his back when we got up this morning. I had a good look at him out of the water to see if I could learn anything about his demise. He was lumpy of belly, but this was all soft with no hard or prominent lumps anywhere. I could see just a few tiny blisters along his back but no others. I did see some yesterday near his tail, bobbing in the water (!) but perhaps these were deflated out of water… Did he have some sort of bacterial infection or dropsy? No one knows but thanks to those who gave advice.

The good news: the community tank is doing well and Big Boi is making his largest nest EVER! The live plant stems bend in towards it beautifully and he is effectively guarding it from his fish buddies. Betty looks the same as usual; I was hoping to see a belly plump with eggs… We will see.