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Plant Eggs Are Hatching!

Posted 2016.01.10 15.57 in Hobbies, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Less than a week after I set up the Aerogarden, the plant eggs are already hatching!

Thai Basil was first, and despite being a little shy and not yet poking its head out from under the paper cover, it looks like it’s kind of green and bushy down there.

Wee Baby Basil

Genovese Basil was second, but it’s moving slowly and in an awkward position to try and photograph. For now I can only see it by angling a little mirror above the wee plastic dome.

And this one just hatched last night before lights-out, now today he’s already coming up strong!


Clutch 2 in Position

Posted 2009.11.21 13.37 in Aquaria by Stephanie

Today, the second snail egg clutch is 2 weeks old. As I was doing the regular aquarium cleaning etc. I noticed the clutch is starting to turn colour, which indicates it’s nearing its due date…

Wanting to try things differently this time, I got a breeder net set up, gently removed the clutch from the side of the aquarium, and floated it on some foam in the breeder net.

Clutch 2

To ensure the clutch stays above water, it is sitting on some little bamboo bits on the foam. Another bit of bamboo ensures the foam stays put, so it doesn’t float around in the net.

You can also see, I’ve positioned some blue cardboard to keep the clutch out of direct light from the aquarium light – this way it gets light but won’t ‘bake’.

Clutch 2 - 2

So if all goes well, when the babies hatch they will end up in the breeder net where I can watch them and keep an eye on their progress.

As they sit and feel very awkward wondering why this huge head keeps peering down on them.

Aquarium Update #1 – Snail Tank

Posted 2009.11.09 9.05 in Aquaria by Stephanie

My 38-gallon aquarium, aka the Snail Tank, is where my apple snails live, along with some friendly fish. Not that I think people want to read all the nitty gritty details of my aquarium, so this is more or less for me, so if my memory goes, I will have something to refer back to.

The Snail Tank

There’s five apple snails in there right now. Speed Racer is my original snail, he (or she) is also the biggest. Then Big Blue, whom I am certain is a female, has been with me second-longest. Little Buddy is like a little brother or cousin to Speed Racer, and is definately male. Shelly is a pretty golden girl. And then the most-recent addition, a little golden male who doesn’t have an official name yet. I call him Munchkin though cos he’s kind of cute.

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