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Ajax is certainly a jumper. This time, he’s gotten himself into trouble. Of course his tank came with it’s own little lid, however it didn’t completely cover the top of the tank, and gaps were left. I didn’t think his aim was good enough for him to get out of the tank, and stupid me didn’t cover the gaps. I feel absolutely terrible. Thank goodness, bettas have a heavinly organ called a labyrinth organ. This means that should a betta jump out of the tank, he can gulp air and get oxygen  this way. Therefore, labyrinth fishes will never suffocate if they jump out of a tank, they will die when their lungs dry up. I found him in a box with some crepe paper. He was pretty dry, only barely sticky from his slime coat. He was stuck to the crepe paper, so i put it in the water to soften, and eventually Ajax pulled himself away. The poor thing is still mainly in one piece. His fins didn’t tear off, but they spit and some rays have stuck together. His eyes are cloudy and I fear he may be blind in one eye. He appears to have minimal sight in the other. Hopefully this will heal in time, and he will still have vision in at least one of his eyes. I have turned off the filter, as he is so weak I don’t want to make him swim against the filter in the state he is in. I have also removed the carbon from the filter and administered Melafix to the tank. Melafix is an antibacterial medication. It should help prevent his wounds getting infected and speed up the healing process of his fins. As I watch him now, about 15 minutes after the incident, he has gotten most of the fluff off his body. He has only just started to become active and is begining to swim a little bit. Before he was just lying on the bottom of the tank, recooperating from the ordeal. Tomorrow afternoon I will head down to the pet shop and pick up a larger bottle of Melafix. I will probably be treating him for one or two weeks. Tonight I will feed all the fish frozen brine shrimp. I am hoping Ajax will be tempted by the meal, otherwise he probably won’t eat for a day or two. On Thursday I will be getting some live food. From what I remember, my petstore currently stocks bloodworms, black worms, white worms and brine shrimp. For now I have covered the tank with a fry screen-like netting, but within a few weeks (hopefully) I will be getting a lid custom-cut lid for not only Ajax’s tank, but for the 18g community aswell. I leave you today with this message:

 

If you’re going to have a betta, COVER THE TANK!!! Don’t be stupid and make the same mistake I did. Don’t assume it will be okay. Chances are, it will not. It is in the betta’s nature to jump. They jump from one rice paddy to the next in the wild. I’m incredibly lucky to have found Ajax in time and he will probably make a complete recovery, but if it happens again I might be too late.

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I appologise for the delay of the fry photos. They will get here eventually!

 

I would have no idea of what female they came from, but i not have at least 20 new guppy fry swimming about the tank! Unlike in my past experiences, they actually started ‘diving’ to the bottom of the tank on the second day. Usually it has taken a few day. A good sign? I think what triggered the drop was the cucumber feast the night before. not much, but i made sure all/most of the inhabitants got at least a little bit. I have also been crushing up the tiny snails and feeding them to the fish. It’s not a great pass-time but something has to be done about all the snails. by killing all the baby snails i hope eventually to eradicate the specias. seems liek the most humane thing to do in my eyes. Also using this method won’t foul the tank like it would if i eradicated them with the copper treatments. My fish benefit from it too! I try to skip a meal every now and then because i think i may be overfeeding them. While they’re not terribly fat and the adults are in fine shape, some of the oldest fry look like they are developing pot-belly (where the belly drops from improper feeding). While we’re on the topic, all the other fry are growing great and looking their best. they’re starting to get their colour! Most of the older ones I was talking about a second ago have almost gotten their full colours whereas others haven’t gotten any at all.

 

Sadly, my molly Has developed pop-eye.  For the past week I have added Melafix to the tank with no results. Fortunately my platy has had no effects at all. i was going to remove her untill i had the idea of treating them both; A cure for the molly and a preventative for the platy. Because the Melafix has done so little for me i may have to result to salt baths soon. A bit worrying and stressfull time at the moment, I really hope everything works out in the end! I would really like to see all the fish i have at the moment go into my new 6′ once i get it/cycle it.

 

Not much, but the other day i want to a local $2 shop and got two plastic plants. They provided no specifications on the packet and i don’t even know if they are a real aquatic plant (i’ve never seen anything liek them) so i wouldn’t be able to tell you what type of plant they’re supposed to be; Appologies. They aren’t the best quality, i wouldn’t buy any more of the same brand. Both are connector plants. The problem is some of the connections are split in two so I cannot connect it to anything. A bit hard to explain! I think i will stick to the more trusted (and more expensive) brands. I’m very happy with the brand ‘Water Wonders’ and reccomend them if you see them in your pet shop/aquatic shop.

 

Since seeing one in the pet shop fairly recently I have really been drawn toward female bettas. I would love to see one in my aquarium (when I get it), however I had some doubts of compatibility with some of the other planned inhabitants. I turned to Yahoo! Answers (very helpful site!) and found out there might be issues between the angels and the betta and between the gourami and the female betta (being closely related). I probably will give it a go, seeming the tank will be fully planted. If I do I will only get 2 angels. I will put it in at the same time as the angelfish so they can establish territories. otherwise, one species would have an established territory already and have an advantage over the new fish. This makes it harder to introduce the fish and the established fish would most likely be overly aggressive towards the newcomer/s. If i were to get a female betta i would actually name it. I am drawn towards the name ‘Calypso’ for a female betta for some reason.

 

Something to look forward to! Not only the guppy fry pictures but a short review of what I think of the now-settled-in black kuhlie loaches! All i can say is that i am very impressed with them =]

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