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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

Stealing Eggs

Posted 2011.12.23 22.40 in Aquaria

For two years, I’ve kept corydora catfish along with my apple snails. And for two years, my corydoras keep laying eggs all over the place. But they all keep disappearing within a day or two.

Now, I know the corydoras themselves do eat the eggs, but I’ve also suspected that the apple snails were getting in on the act too. And finally, after two years, I have proof!

This little video shows the snails doing their darndest to eat some eggs, though they don’t appear to be successful. These eggs are fresh, just laid in the morning, so maybe they need another day to ripen?

The video is also a pretty good way to see how the snails mouths / rasps work – they don’t have teeth, but they have a sort of tongue with a tough teeth-like surface. Not unlike a cats tongue, in a way. They use this rasp to break down food and draw it into their mouth.

Still Yet More Snails

Posted 2011.11.30 20.47 in Aquaria

It’s almost become a regular thing – last day of the month, time to take another bucket of snails to the pet store.

September 30th, I took a huge amount of snails Рthey were in all different sizes, too many to count, I guesstimated afterwards that it was as many as 300 snails. October 31st, I did count them, as I took 180 snails to the pet store.

And today, I counted them again. The number was 215. Here’s what 215 snails look like, in a 1-gallon tupperware dish:

These are all still out of the three clutches that hatched in July.

And there’s still about 60 more in my tanks, that were too small to take to market…

The Sliming Horror

Posted 2011.10.31 11.13 in Aquaria

Here’s a scarey picture for Samhain / Hallowe’en. It’s a hundred and eighty snails, all wanting to eat and poop in your aquarium.

Aaaauuuuugggghhhhhhh!!!

A Snicker of Snail Sprouts

Posted 2011.08.24 10.03 in Aquaria

Or is it a bevy of snail babies?¬†Either way, it’s a [collective noun] of snail [youngsters].

From larger-than-a-pea to smaller-than-a-dot, it’s a platoon of Pomacea diffusa youngsters. And every last one of them is a cutie.

 

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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Wreck of a Weekend

Posted 2011.04.25 9.23 in Aquaria, Sports, Uncategorized

What a miserable crappy long weekend. The weather wasn’t as bad as forcast, though it was still fairly dreary. That wasn’t the worst of it though.

Thursday night was supposed to be good but instead I had to watch first Montreal, then Vancouver lose their playoff games. One disappointment after the next.

Friday was marginally better, with a new Fringe episode – although I didn’t think it was that great an ep. Too much telling, not enough showing.

Then Saturday night Montreal lost yet again. Three losses in a row now.

And last night was Vancouver’s turn to drop their third in a row. They were up 3-nil in the series, now it’s on to game seven.

And through all of this, my beloved pet snails had been dying off. I don’t know what the hell happened exactly, because the fish and frog in the same tank have been doing fine. Just all the snails died. The last couple died on Sunday. Including Little Buddy, who had been with me for nearly two years. He was my little methusela snail, the one who wouldn’t die. Till yesterday.

RIP Little Buddy.

What a crappy weekend. Nothing good came out of it, just disappointment and sadness.