Tuesday, 17 November 2020

A Blog for Elizabeth

Over 30 years ago I set up a 5 foot aquarium (75 gallons)in the passage and cut a hole through into the front room, which I framed (to hide the tank). It started off with tropical fish then a few years later changed to local cold water fish, Bleak (no need for x2 300watt heaters). Since then it's bred Newts,Toads, Dragonflies and Sticklebacks which have been released back into the wild. After 30 years though the silicon sealer was passing it's usefull life, so what to do with an empty 75 gallon tank ? I started off with 22 Porcellio Laevis (Orange Woodlouse)
A Woodlouse is a crustacean from the monophyletic suborder Oniscidea within the Isopods. They are called that from being found in old wood. The first Woodlice were marine isopods which are presumed to have colonised land in the Carboniferous, a geologic period and system that spans 60 million years from the end of the Devonian Period 358.9 million years ago, to the beginning of the Permian Period, 298.9 million years ago. They're thriving in their 'Hilton Hotel' tank, then all they do is eat, sleep and make babies.
Certainly more entertaining than the TV More information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isopoda