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Well i’m afraid I have some very bad news that i’m quite upset about. Captain Gills, my fancy goldfish of 3 or so years, is sitting on his side at the bottom of the tank. He’s breathing slowly and every now and then I see him wiggle, but he’s not even strong enough to maintain his stability. I’m at a loss as to why this is happening. He has not signs of any parasites, bacterial or fungal infections. I’m pretty sure I’ve just turned into the world’s biggest hypocrite. I’m always telling people about how they should never keep any goldfish in anything under 20-40 gallons, because they’re so dirty and they get too big. I tell them about how this will stunt their goldfish. Because I have nowhere else to keep him, and I currently cannot afford to buy a bigger tank, Cpt. Gills has been living in a 10 gallon tank. Because I have no other explanation, I would say he has been stunted. I have been doing extra water changes ever since he moved in, but you just can’t keep a goldfish in something so small. My lesson- never bite off more than you can chew, and always do your own research. A message to all of you reading this- DO NOT trust the information given out by pet shop employees. While some ofthem do actually know what they’re talking about, the majority of them couldn’t care less about the wellfare of the fish they’re selling; it’s all about the money. There’s one simple way to prevent this from happening to you- do your own research! No matter how cool a fish looks, always come home first and look it up on the internet. If it suits your setup then by all means, go out and get it the next day, but if you don’t take this step it’s very possible you could come home with a predator or something similar that will wreak havoc.

   Well, that’s the end of my rant. It’s just silly that this should have to happen. In my opinion, pet shop employees should have to do basic training before getting the job.

   So, what’s next? No, I’m not buying any more fish. As planned from the beginning, Ajax (my male crowntail betta, also known as a siamese fighting fish) will go in there, along with the heater I’ve got for it. It doesn’t get too cold during Winter where I live (Australia), but it’s still too cold for tropicals, so I do put heaters in all of my tropical tanks. This will become his perminannt home. I’m going to completely wash it out, let it dry out, and recycle it before putting ajax in there. Seeming as I have no idea what happened to it’s former inhabitant, I don’t want to risk the chance of any diseases being passed on to Ajax.

   Say goodbye to Captain Gills. As unfortunate as this may be, it was probably inevitable. You get attached to something you can’t care for, or at least not for it’s whole life. This fish will be missed a lot.

 

I have updated my ‘THE TANK AND FiSH’ page. Take a look if you’re interested the tanks I currently have running.

 

Soon I plan to create a new page telling you a little big about my fishkeeping past. I’ll write about what fish I’ve kept, my thoughts on the species, my biggest mistakes, and more.  I’m also thinking about making a page with tips, recommended websites and books, what and what not to do, etc. I’ll let you know what’s happening once I’ve made the decision.

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How the tank used to look

How the tank used to look

Guppy Fry

Guppy Fry

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When you purchase guppies and they are fully grown, they are most likely already over a year old. Seeming that I have had him for a year or so, i’d say my blue-tailed male guppy had a pretty good run. Unfortunatelly, he passed away last night. He was very weak and was being pushed about the tank by the force of the filter, so i put him in a breeder net in the 18g. Unfortunatelly, the small guppy species has an average life span of just 2 years. At least I still have the many decendants of him; His fry.

 

I was going through the pictures and videos on my computer and I found a very old video from when I first got the guppies. Way back then I was a modest fish keeper and my tank was decorated with fake coral and coloured gravel. Now days I don’t favor such decor, but I will be keeping the video, as it is the only video I have with all four of the original guppies in it.

 

It’s finally here! It’s not perfect, but here is a video I scrounged up of the 18g. Considering I filmed and produced it all in one day, i’d say it’s pretty good. Enjoy!

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EDIT: Sorry, the video doesn’t seem to be working. It might be because I only just uploaded it. Once the video has been processed and added to my Youtube channel, it might work. If it doesn’t, I’ll post a link to it instead.

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 Just one thing before I start; I have updated ‘The Tanks and Fish’. Check it out for future plans, tanks sizes, dimentions and more.

Fry update:

Recount- 6+ fry! The numbers have been steady for about 3 or 4 days now. The fry are 6 days old. They have gotten so much bigger, at least double their size, already! I can’t wait tosee what they turn out like.

Cool weather:

Here in Brisbane, Australia the weather is starting to cool down. I put my heater back in my tank a few days ago and the tank is now steady at 26-27*c (78-80*f) to accomidate the fry.

RIP

My green snakeskin guppy sadly passed during the night last night. Over the last few days he had been hiding away in the plants, hanging around the water surface and not eating much. I think this may have something to do with him being bullied by my other male guppy. I found him on his side when I got home, he was unalble to stay upright but still had some ability to move about, though no controll over direction. I put him in a separate comtainer and tried to hold a bloodworm up to his mouth to see if he was hungry, but he appeared to have lost his appetite. I set out to the shops in search of some clove oil which i would use for the oil & vodka method to put him to sleep peacefully (separate into a small tank or container, add a few drops of clove oil to put it to sleep. once asleep add vodka to ensure it doesn’t wake up again). I searched everywhere but could not get my hands on any. I came home and with no other options i just put some plants in the tank to calm him and put a towel over the top to make it dull and peacefull. After performing regular routines on two of my 8 gallon tanks I came back to feed my 20 gallon Community Tank and realised the towel was wet. I lifted it up to find that all his water had been soaked up. i immediately put him into the 20 gall and filled the container up with water. This time i accidentally sucked up a guppy fry. I emptied it again and filled it back up, this time successfull. I then placed him back into the container, this time placing a magazine on top instead. He was still alive at this point, he died during the night. This may have been the result of an infection from a wound as a result of bullying, but with no signs of parasites, a fungal infection or even a wound in the first place, the death remains relitively a mystery.

…RIP…

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