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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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First up, i have some sad news. One of my females, the one with many colours and the black spots on her tail, has unfortunately died after fooling me into thinking she made a full recovery from this whole ‘swimming nose-down’ thing. It was completely unexpected! It may just be that she was getting old, though i had only had her for 6 months or so. who knows how old she was when i got her. That leaves just one female and male left. I saw the most beautiful male at the LFS (Local Fish Shop) the other day. he was like a green snakeskin guppy but his colours were very light and he had amazing shimmery rainbow spots on his tail instead of black blotches. I wanted to get him sooo badly but i should have at least one more female as it is. The only reason i don’t is because i am going to convert my tank once the guppies are gone. I want a male (or female, it depends) betta, my black kuhlie loaches (of course, they are great fish and very entertaining), a small school of rummy nosed tetras and possibly, depending on how stocked my tank will be, a small school of neon tetras. More information on that as it comes.

 

After a population explosion of guppy fry (babies) I have decided to give them away.  Some to my sister’s friend, some to a few of my friends and the remainders (the majority of them, actually) to a close friend’s friend. I think i’m off breeding any species for a while, to be honest. A display tank is what i am interested in at the moment.

 

My platy has been moved from that awfull 3 gallon to my 18 gallon with great results! It truely proves that any tropical fish is so much better off in a suitable environment. The temperature has a lot to do with it.

 

A close friend of my sister has offered me a tank for my small goldie, named ‘Captain Gills’. Anyone who has played the latest Paper Mario (for the wii) would understand my reasons:D Although it is in need of a good filter (In fact I don’t believe it has any filter at all right now) it will certainly be a huge improvement from that scarily-undersized 3 gallon. In the short meantime I have put in a new filter. i used to use it in my tank before i got the sponge filter. it’s for tanks up to 50 litres (approx 13 gallons) and my tank is a mear 12 litres (3 gallons). Little did i previously know, that filter was way too small for my 18 gallon tank.

 

I have changed my gravel to small-sized black stones. They look great! They really make the colour of the plants stand out.

 

Instead of a monsterous 6 foot tank in my bedroom, i am considering a more modest 3 to 4 foot. I have found I don’t have as much time as I used to, however i still like the idea of being able to have angelfish, small schooling fish, gouramis…. pretty much any small fish that floats my boat. The only problem would be the angels, they would have to move once they get bigger, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Many aquarists would simply jump at the chance of a matured, large, beautiful angelfish (or two). The tank will still be natural with live plants and whatnot.

 

I am considering switching to live plants for my tropical tank and using the plastics for my goldfish tank.

 

I’ll keep you updated on everything. Thanks for reading!

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