Cora and I have had these tanks for quite awhile. We began the 30 gallon tank in 2006. Shortly after we started a ten gallon reef tank...unfortunately, the reef tank drained of its water in 2008. Two years before this latest debacle. I had salt water tanks in Ellensburg...back in 1995-98. We moved back to Yakima and shortly after that, we gave up on the tanks as too much work.
At least, I always have Cora. I love this picture of her. She looks good when she is out in the wild.
We have been together for a while now. When we got married we went to Walt Disney World for our honeymoon. On the way back we stopped in Salt Lake City. I bought a touristy cactus "egg" which had seeds. I planted them and woo hoo, in two weeks I had a ton of little cacti. I had a decent amount of die-off in the next six months. I gave some away and kept a few. Today I have seven or eight left over. One is about 8 inches tall. I think it's a saguaro. Below is a pair of the hold overs.
No wonder the South Western states protect cacti so fervently. It takes A LONG TIME for them to grow to a decent size. These two below are ten years old and are only a couple inches tall!
In 2008 I bought more Cactus seeds when we visited Arizona. I planted some of them and they have not grown very much at all. None are more than a half inch. I suspect, if I ever have a kid with a green thumb, I will give my cacti away. Hopefully they will bring someone happiness for a long time after I am gone.