Hi Everyone! I wanted to talk to you guys briefly about my absence on social media and this blog the past couple of weeks. I know I haven’t been posting as much as I usually do lately, and without going into too much detail I guess I will just say that I have been going through some personal family matters that have been effecting my time spent on this blog or my Instagram. I really apologize for not being around during this time. I have been trying to get at least one blog a week done, but I know it’s not enough and my fish have also been taking a back seat as well. It has been a difficult venture these past two weeks and I haven’t been able to sit down and truly be in the moment to write or share anything about my animals. I haven’t really been able to spend too much time with my animals either and it’s just been slow and unproductive. I’ve been really drained and I hope you understand that this is only temporary, and I hope to be back at it regularly once this is all over (should be another couple of weeks or so). For now, I will try and update you when I can and I hope you stick through this minor bump in the road with me because I truly appreciate your support and I love sharing my animals and experiences with you.
So with that being said, I wanted to take a minute to update you on a few things going on outside of the fish realm. I know I haven’t made a lot of posts on my fish lately and this is because it’s been rather quiet on the goldfish front. I have been pretty busy trying to figure out how to break the news to you on my most recent purchase- the dart frogs, and I also have more new animal news I am excited to share with you!
So let’s start with the dart frogs first.. The frogs are in their newly built vivarium, which I worked on and completed over one full weekend (about 2-3 weeks or so ago). They are much happier in the new digs, which I am also happy about. (sneak peek below):
Actually, everything for the most part is fine. Except for the realization on my part that I didn’t make the right choice of pets for myself when I attended the reptile expo.
That’s right, I realized that I made the wrong choice and I no longer want to keep my dart frogs. I am very bummed out because I really do love these little guys. However, I think I was looking for something else in the midst of going back and forth on the leopard geckos initially before the reptile expo. These guys are great in their own aspect, but they aren’t exactly the right fit.
I realized this during the build because as fun as it was, I wasn’t very excited about it and the whole thing felt rushed because I wanted to get them out of their little 5 gallon temporary holding tank I had them in. Actually, the first week one of the leucomelas frogs escaped and I searched for hours for him but I couldn’t find him anywhere 😦 The tank is not fully complete, it still needs springtails and plants..and the Mist King misting system has yet to be hooked up (still in the box). I have been misting them a few times daily with a hand mister.
Regardless if I enjoyed making the vivarium it or not, or whether I’m keeping the dart frogs, I still plan on making a blog of the vivarium build in case some of you are interested in making your custom vivariums and don’t exactly know where to start.
It’s been a hard journey to find that animal that really excites and speaks to me and for a long time I thought it was going to be leopard geckos. As you probably remember me saying these were not the right fit for me due to the amount of time I wanted to spend with them vs. the amount of time they would spend in their hide sleeping. The dart frogs were a secondary choice because I wanted to build a vivarium and I loved the look of dart frogs. When I initially dove into this project, I was rushing to get the frogs out of the small holding tank they had been in for a week and a half. By the time the project was completed, I felt a sense of relief that it was over, but I did not feel the enjoyment of completing it as I thought I would. As soon as I released the dart frogs into their enclosure, they just disappeared and I haven’t really seen them since except for maybe a couple of times to eat? They are a bit more brave in their surroundings, but not as interactive as I’d like.
That’s when I realized that I wasn’t looking for dart frogs or leopard geckos and the reason why finally hit me! I was looking for a reptile companion that I could spend time with, and was social. A pet that liked to be held just as much as you liked to hold it, and a pet that spends it’s time awake during the day when you are also awake. I realized what pet I was then looking for..
So Needless to say, The dart frogs and all of their supplies including their enclosure, food, fruit fly cultures, vivarium, excelsior, fruit fly media, brand new unopened Mist King misting system and much more are going up for sale. I have posted them, and all their supplies to my local CL page, on countless FB pages within my area and the town garage sale page on Facebook. However, If you are interested in buying them as a whole package, I will kindly get a quote to you. Please keep in mind that I will not ship internationally. You can get a quote via the contact button on my homepage and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I want to find the best home possible for these guys because they deserve it!
Now that I have realized what animal I was looking for in my life, I spent a couple of weeks really thinking about it. After much deliberation, it was settled. I was getting a bearded dragon!
It makes perfect sense, I had one for a long time up until my early twenties and she was the best thing in my life for a very long time. She was laid back, she enjoyed coming out of her cage, she liked car rides and basically anything where she could hang out. I don’t know why it didn’t hit me sooner that I was looking for a beardy all along, but both my fiancé and I realized this was the missing piece of the puzzle. So we decided to get out of our current reptiles/amphibians (Savannah monitor included) and get on board with beardies! Specifically two female beardies, since we have a better chance of housing them together at a very young age and having it be successful into adulthood. As of this past Sunday, my fiance and I are the official owners of two beautiful little baby girl beardies.
We ordered them through Dachiu Dragons-
Dachiu has amazing prices and has been around for a long time. If you’re interested in visiting their site and going through their stock you can get there from This link. Just keep in mind that because they have such good prices that they sell out almost immediately, so if you are looking to get a beardie from them it would help to be online on Sunday in the afternoon since this is usually when they post their available bearded dragons for the upcoming week. From the reviews I have read on Dachiu dragons, I was comfortable getting my two beardies from them. They are a husband/wife business and they seem to truly care about the health of their beardies.
I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a fresh posting last Sunday afternoon and to my surprise there were two little females that haven’t been purchased left. I immediately called and they were ours!
The first little girl was bred from a Red HypoTranslucent X Coral Cawley Belgium Blood (Double Het) – ( Hypo / Het Translucent ). She is very pretty and she was more what my Fiancé was looking for as far as coloring. He loves the red look. So here she is!
The second girl I purchased was bred from a HypoTranslucent X Citrus Tiger Orange German Giant (Double Het). If anyone is familiar with the German Giants, you know that they get larger than your average bearded dragon. Along with the photo of the dragon, the caption says that she is from a “very stout line.”
These little girls are being delivered in the mail today! Currently, we are at work but have been counting down the hours (1 hour left!) until we can go over to my grandma’s house to pick them up (that’s where we had them delivered). Also, it’s her 75th birthday today, so it will be nice to spend time with her as well 🙂
Bearded dragons are very versatile, and are notorious for staying in poses for long periods of time. This makes them perfect candidates for dress up, as you can see from the photos below:
I can’t wait to share more on this venture! I’ll be back next week for a better update and pictures of the new girls’ and hopefully have some names for them by then. I also went to Lowes hardware store yesterday in search of nice flooring options for the tank, which I will also share with you later next week.
So that’s all I have for you today. Thanks for sticking through the quiet weeks’ of only one post or so, I really do appreciate it! And even though it’s been quiet, week after week, I noticed that everyday I am seeing that I gain 1-3 more followers through my email and that makes me so happy knowing you guys are still interested to see what comes next even though it hasn’t been the most interesting blog lately. So for that I really want to say thank you!
Have a great rest of the week guys! I’ll see you soon.