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Aquatic Thoughts

Posted 2016.06.03 12.09 in Aquaria

It’s been roughly two and a half years since I lost all my beloved wet pets because of the big Ice Storm. In the aftermath of that tragedy I decided not to start over. I didn’t want to risk the possibility of going through that sort of thing again.

I’d had snails, fish, and frogs for several years at that point; all of the snails were those I’d bred through generations and some of the fish I’d had for many years, a couple were even bred in my tanks.

So when I was finally able to return home after the house had thawed, and after I’d cleaned out the tanks and disposed of the bodies, I got rid of it all. Couldn’t face it again.

Last_Snail_Pic

The past couple days though I’ve suddenly been thinking about snails again. And maybe frogs, or fish…

I’d pretty much have to start over, all I kept from before was a few bits and pieces. Looking at prices and online windowshopping, I think it’d cost me about $150 to start over with the sort of setup I want.

Nothing huge like before, but more than a little ‘beginner’ set. Something like a 20 or 25 gallon long tank. I’d have to re-arrange some stuff in my livingroom but there’s a spot for it, sort of.

With a 20- or 25-gal tank, I could have a couple snails and a couple small fish, or a couple small frogs.

I sort of want to do it but I also sort of don’t want to.

So I’m sitting here trying not to go to an aquarium store, and if I do happen to accidentally end up at one, I will try not to end up buying stuff.

No guarantees though.

Zen Frog

Wet Pets

Posted 2011.06.10 20.43 in Aquaria

Here’s a random pic of a little get-together in my snail tank:

About 3 weeks ago I adopted some more snails. The big one here is an Apple Snail who’s been eating and growing like crazy. Hitching a ride on his back is a little Nerite snail. Taking a close look at the nerite is an African Dwarf Frog. And a bit blurry in the background are two female Bettas.

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Broken Pen

Posted 2010.09.14 21.13 in Computers/Internet/Technology

Now this time, it’s totally not what you think! I didn’t break it — I took it apart to fix it.

Honest!

See, I have this Wacom Bamboo Tablet for doing drawing on the computer. I’ve only just started playing with it a couple weeks ago. But I don’t have enough desk space to keep it out all the time, so when it’s not in use, I store it in a ‘cubbyhole’ in the hutch on my desk. So far, so good.

The tablet has a pen. The special pen that makes the tablet go. The pen is all full of delicate electronics, but it’s very lightweight, and rolls easily, and is not attached in any way to any thing…

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Funny Stuff

Posted 2010.09.02 19.19 in Computers/Internet/Technology

I was wandering around teh interwebz the other day and stumbled across something funny.

The Oatmeal Рa sort of bloggy, sort of comicy, and all round funny site. He has a lot of fun stuff, and some of it is even edjumicational. Like for instance,  you can learn about the reproduction habits of the Angler Fish, or the life cycles of a Parasitic Flatworm.

Check it out!

Beta the Betta

Posted 2010.05.19 21.13 in Aquaria

Meet Beta, the betta!

It’s so hard to get them to pose though for a picture.

Betta Blues

Posted 2010.04.12 14.46 in Aquaria

I’m worried for Alpha the Betta. Saturday evening he wasn’t interested in his noms, but I figured that he was still upset about the regular cleaning – gravel vacuuming and all that, it can be disruptive. Then Sunday he still wasn’t interested in food, but I didn’t really put it together.

This morning though, when he still wasn’t interested in eating, I realized there must be something up. Closer inspection revealed he was a bit bloated. Now this afternoon I can see he’s more bloated, with some ‘pineconing’ around the front 1/4 of his body.

He’s been very healthy and always eaten like crazy, and he’s huge – like almost 3 inches long, not including tail or anything, just the meaty fishy part is that big. So having him suddenly go like this is disconcerting.

Everything I’ve ready says it’s ‘dropsy’ which is more or less utterly fatal, so now it’s just a matter of watching and hoping.

Poor guy.

Graduation Day 2

Posted 2010.01.31 19.27 in Aquaria

About a month ago, my little zebra danio graduated from the nursery tank and moved into the big fish tank with all the grownup fish. It had taken him about 4 months to reach 1-inch long, with most of that time spent in various small tanks and containers, before he went into the magic nursery.

Today, my two baby peppered corydora catfish (Corydoras paleatus) had their own graduation day, moving out of the magic nursery and into the big 38-gallon tank where their parents live. It took these two only about 6 or 7 weeks to reach the 1-inch length.

Here’s one of the young corydoras, exploring the new big tank. Before releasing them into the big tank, they spent some time floating in a cup at the top of the tank, to get accustomed to the new temperature. You can see the two of them, along with a baby snail stowaway: