Aquarium Trauma

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Major tank die off of fish and we don’t know why. Water’s right and the temp is right. The fish don’t even look sick until they suddenly stop and die. Nothing weird looking about them. No discolorations. No swellings. No rot. This began a week ago and has hit critical mass today. We’ve not a clue what is wrong and …

Snails and Frogs

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Bad snail! Bad! Don’t eat the aquarium frog! (Imagine, snails as bullies. They frequently pester the aquarium frogs and the frogs don’t like it. A snail just landed on one of them and terrified the poor frog. The frog would try to move, the big snail would cling on, wrapped nearly around it. The snails got me reading about octopi …

Kermit 1 and 2

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Light box enlargement We used to have goldfish. For six years we had a few goldfish. Now we keep a tropical aquarium. At least for two weeks we have. In it are guppies and neon tetras and snails and a couple sucker fish and several teeny tiny transparent catfsh and two African dwarf aquarium frogs. Rarely do the frogs present …

Bye-bye goldfish

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Doing my yoga last night, I missed my goldfish. You see, our apartment is small enough that I have only one place I can do my yoga, which is in the walkway between the living room and computer/dining room/office which is where the fish tank is tucked in a corner next to the bathroom door. And, even there, when I …

H.o.p.’s Ants Arrived

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We sent off for H.o.p.’s ants from Uncle Milton Sept. 4th. The window for arrival had the latest date as Oct. 18th. Last week we received notice that they’d be mailing them out and they arrived today, first class mail, in an envelope marked “Temperature sensitive, Keep from Heat and Frost, Perishable, Handle with care”. These being harvester ants, they …

Prepping myself to euthanize Nero

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Fish tanks are supposed to inspire a sense of peace and well-being. This is our sad but pretty, calico Ryukin, Nero. Nero wasn’t always in this sad state. She used to swim upright. We have three other goldfish including one other exotic and they are doing quite well, including Dylan, a feeder comet we got him two years ago, our …