Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Fish Shipping

Today was a very happy fish day for me!

Got my reship of the black coppers. They are beautiful, and just the same coloration as the original pair, so that is great. I also got another extra pair with this box. :D I'll post their pictures later.

Also got a box from BC Betta today. It is always great when a full box has 0% deaths.

It was a great day to just so happened to have decided I needed to call in late to work for a couple extra hours of sleep. I ended up taking 1/2 day off when I remembered the fish (usually Pete attends to new arrivals for me) which was because I heard the doorbell, heh heh. Working only 1/2 day was very refreshing! :D

The Pains of Cycling

Lost a yellow-tailed damselfish overnight last night. Am surprised this is it so far, really, though. No apparent cause so I am assuming it died from either the nitrites or nitrates, as there was pretty much no ammonia present and those two levels have been up for a few days now. Ahhrrrgh, the pains of cycling.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Weird Worm Things

I posted this at FJ but I'll write it here too. I found some weird things in my barracks tonight and I don't know wtf they are. I am worried they might be parasites. I'm trying to find out from web research what they might be but it's so hard to get a crisp, clear shot of them so it's hard to do. I guess I'll have to keep trying.

In the meantime, I cleaned a lot to remove the things from the barrack gutters. And I'll have to of course now stop feeding the worms to the fish. I don't know what to feed them on a regular basis! Frozen worms I guess. The bloodworms don't float out but I hate to use those as the nearly primary food source. Live worms were great since they sank.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Another Day

Another weekend passes, and another round of fishly chores is behind me. This weekend, the laundry and vacuuming (and really almost all other housework) got neglected for all the stuff I had to do. These are self-appointed chores, mind you, but they're work, all the same. I went and bought live rock for my saltwater tank, and today also got 3 yellow-tailed blue damsels. Also I got two little snails and three even smaller crabs. I dare not add any shrimp or starfish yet, though I am going to definitely be doing that in the future, after cycling is done. I may lose everything in the tank, so this is IT for a while, so I wanted to get a little bit of a cleanup crew going. The only thing I am going to seek to add is a few plants, once I do some reading and see what I want, and have the fish store buy them. I went to a LPS I don't usually visit often anymore out of the blue, and was pleasantly surprised that the girl "in charge" of the fish (and pretty much everything live in the store, she said) knew a good bit about fish and has a lot herself. We chatted for a few and as with everywhere I tried to pick up a few pieces of info from her to add to my growing arsenal.

The 3 fish from earlier this week sure look a lot happier with some company in the tank now. And the new fish sure as heck look happier to be in such a bigger tank. :)

Saturday, August 7, 2004

Better Days

I thought I should also go ahead and post about the better news, with all this depressing stuff! My barracks, until recently, had seen better days. The drippers weren't dripping consistantly across the board, causing non-flowing water to all the cases, causing bacterial problems for a good many fish. To make matters worse, the hose kept popping off the pump going into the UV sterilizer. And if those things run with no water flow for 15 seconds, SECONDS, they're shot, apparently. Well who knows how long it was off. I still have it on, but I have a feeling it's useless. And I do not know if replacing the bulb will be sufficient yet. I guess I need to check with the manufacturer, but I have not yet gotten around to it.

Anyway, after Lori and Myra started working on barracks projects, and then Myra posted a link to Dripworks where she found some emitters that were a LOT cheaper than I thought they were going to be (like a quarter of the figure I thought), I bought them right away. My barracks saw instant results!! Pete actually did all the work, in removing the crappy old copper barbs and installing the drip emitters. I am going to affix some blue tubing as suggested by Lori (it will stay flexible, unlike the clear standard kind), because I want to eliminate the tiny dripping splashes that are coming out of the cases.

Also I want to make less water in the air. I'm going to try rebuilding my sump a bit and covering it to reduce evaporation. My air conditioner repairman (aka a friend of my dad) said that with all this new water in my house, the condensor coil on the AC unit is becoming corroded. He said I had better not add any more water to this house, either. -_-; I don't plan to but I want to make things better. This is only the first summer that the barracks and the AC unit have met each other, so imagine this long term, heh. :X I need to make it more efficient in that aspect. A lid on the sump and the tubing on the cases should help. I could even go with lids to the beanie cases but I don't know if I'll go quite to that length.

This Weekend's Adventures

You want to know how a pretty typical weekend in Mer's fishland goes? Well, I'll tell you about this weekend. I may not do this same stuff EVERY weekend, but it was certanly nothing out of the ordinary.

Well you've probably already read about the heater catastrophy. So my 48-gallon corner tank (link to post) is currently completely empty. Now the reason why I got this tank in the first place was to set up a salt water tank. I have felt too overwhelmed to tackle the task until recently, and let's not mention the fact that salt water fish cost so much more than freshwater, so I did not want to risk such huge losses if something went wrong. I guess I finally feel educated enough to begin the process of learning the rest as I go, so (back to the beginning of this paragraph), this was my chance to get back to my original intent. I didn't feel like I had the time or mental capacity to really do it when I first set up the tank (due to going on vacation, doing tons of chores, and all that to prep then unpacking, and etc when I came back, lol). And I had a batch of aging juvies that needed a place to live so I tossed them in and decided to deal with it later. Now that I've pulled the males and lost the females, and don't have any other fish who will be needing it anytime soon (my 20 gallon tank is dedicated to this purpose, it was just full at the time), I now have NO EXCUSE to do this. :) :) :)

So now that this explanation is over with, back to the original intent of this paragraph!

On Saturdays we (we = me and Pete) usually go out for lunch, to the pet store for about 6 dozen crickets for our reptiles and frogs, to Wal Mart supercenter for groceries, Costco gas station for gas, and whatever else we need to do that week. This may include fish/pet stores, Blockbuster, Costco for other bulk goods, and who knows what else. So yeah, we have a heck of a busy Saturday outing. :> It's not ALL so bad though, since he works at home and this is his only day out of the house, hee hee. Only if we have tons of stuff to bring back in the house. :P

(Oh sorry, I went into another explanation there. Gee, I guess a Fish blog was just the kind of blog I've been holding out for.) I went to do the usual, and went by a fish store. I was going to get a new pleco for the 48-gallon tank, since of course the last one was boiled. I was going to I guess just wait and move some batch of juvies or another into the tank, but like I said had noone to put there. Well I got there, got the guy to catch the pleco I wanted, and stopped and thought, what in the heck am I doing? I don't need freshwater fish in this tank. I need SALT! I engaged one of the shop keepers in some conversation about a few things I still needed to know after my pre-research I've been doing on setting up the tank, options on what I could do with a tank this size, and I decided to go for it.

(Here we go, back to the point. :>) I bought the salt, the substrate, and a new filter (Penguin 280) (oh gee, if only I could have waited a few days I could have gotten it online cheaper. >E It was $12 cheaper where I bought it than the chain store, at least). Am going to wait on a new heater since our living room usually stays at 75+ degrees anyway! I'm going to get these contents in there tonight hopefully, let it settle for a few days, and go back for some damselfish for cycling the tank. Am going to do a partial fishless cycle, adding some ammonia and bacteria to the tank, but will also use the fish. Hoping this will help speed things up some. Oh, and a... uh, what do you call that thing? Salt-o-meter. Yeah, that's it. Hydrometer, oh yeah.

So what the heck amd I doing, sitting here typing! I'm going to go start adding salt! :D!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Malfunctioned Hardware

I woke up on Thursday morning to find a tank full of dead fish. This was my corner tank in the living room, housing Salamander juvenile growout fish that Lori sent me (she had tons of overflow with a really huge spawn). Apparently the heater malfunctioned; it was on ALL night long. I recall some of the fish looking a little listless, hanging out at the surface. I thought they were just asleep, as I'd had all the lights off. I should have looked twice as I found them all in the same place that morning, only dead. They must have already been a bit too warm when I went to bed. So you can imagine how freaking HOT the glass on the outside of the tank was in the morning. I was really worried that things would burst or melt. The thermometer was so high the reading gave no use. It was incredibly hot, to say the least. I could feel the heat from the glass radiating out just with my cheek near the glass - that's when I panicked. I pulled about 25 poor baby girls out of the tank and flushed them. I am thankful that I had taken the males out a few nights before and put them in the barracks. I had taken 1 female downstairs to try and get her to spawn so now I'm trying to have her spawn with a male. So far he built a nest but they've not mated yet; I'll just leave them alone for a while and eventually it is bound to happen. They aren't hurting each other's fins so it will be fine. She has more girls she is looking to get rid of so maybe I'll end up with a few of them. Or maybe these guys will spawn, I don't know yet. I don't know if her LFS's want all those females so maybe I will anyway.

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