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Kissy

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  1. Got him to eat, phew. Apparently, Snooty-Butt likes his pellets crushed, not whole. Go figure.
  2. Hi all, I feel like I've risen from the dead here. I've been too nomadic to be involved in the aquarium community lately, and I probably don't know most of you here at this point. I haven't kept aquariums for a few years, and haven't kept any personal aquariums for much longer. Anyways, I have a home now, so now I have two bettas. The first betta I've had for two weeks and will not eat. He appears perfectly healthy, alert, and active, but just ignores the pellets I give him. I went back to the LFS to ask them what they were feeding because my first thought was that he just didn't recognize it. Turns out they feed Omega One Betta Pellets, the same thing I've been trying. However, they give the snooty ones freeze-dried bloodworms if they don't eat the pellets. I sighed, and asked for a pinch of their bloodworms to take home to see if he'd go for it. He did right away, little snooty-butt. I really do not want to cave in and feed him freeze-dried bloodworms for the rest of his life. How long is it safe to push a hunger strike? I assume they will eat the pellets before their health degrades?? The other betta is a poor soul that was most likely mislabled as an expensive King Betta. His body might be a little bigger than average, but he's mud brown with fins shorter than most females', so even his big puppydog eyes probably wouldn't have landed him a home. He's probably been at the store for a long time, so I want to condition him up a little. He ate right away, but I've got a small colony of mosquito larvae that I'd like to save for him and preferably not give to snooty-butt.
  3. Hi all, I feel like I've risen from the dead here. I've been too nomadic to be involved in the aquarium community lately, and I probably don't know most of you here at this point. I haven't kept aquariums for a few years, and haven't kept any personal aquariums for much longer. Anyways, I have a home now, so now I have two bettas. The first betta I've had for two weeks and will not eat. He appears perfectly healthy, alert, and active, but just ignores the pellets I give him. I went back to the LFS to ask them what they were feeding because my first thought was that he just didn't recognize it. Turns out they feed Omega One Betta Pellets, the same thing I've been trying. However, they give the snooty ones freeze-dried bloodworms if they don't eat the pellets. I sighed, and asked for a pinch of their bloodworms to take home to see if he'd go for it. He did right away, little snooty-butt. I really do not want to cave in and feed him freeze-dried bloodworms for the rest of his life. How long is it safe to push a hunger strike? I assume they will eat the pellets before their health degrades?? The other betta is a poor soul that was most likely mislabled as an expensive King Betta. His body might be a little bigger than average, but he's mud brown with fins shorter than most females', so even his big puppydog eyes probably wouldn't have landed him a home. He's probably been at the store for a long time, so I want to condition him up a little. He ate right away, but I've got a small colony of mosquito larvae that I'd like to save for him and preferably not give to snooty-butt.
  4. Otos will not eat hair algae. Stick with the siamese algae eater. Learn to ID the differences between them and chinese algae eaters because pet stores usually can't.
  5. In my experience, they LOVE algae wafers
  6. I've kept them before with no problems. Most otocinclus are wild-caught by electrofishing, so they come into stores weak and stressed. If they've been in the petstore that long I'm sure they are fine. They are voracious eaters and you can tell they are happy and healthy because their little bellies will distend slightly haha. They are the best algae eaters in my opinion good luck with them Those of you who are interested in them, here's a good web page to read up: http://www.otocinclus.com/
  7. Cute! I love otos they my favorite algae eaters.
  8. Do you know what species of leech they are? A good picture may help. Once we know what kind they are, you can lure them with bait.
  9. No they don't sorry... They do look neat under a black light though.
  10. I had a betta that was especially sensitive. He jumped out of the cup while I was changing the water for a couple minutes and was fine until his water reached the TINIEST TRACE of ammonia about 5 days later. He looked like a goner, laying on the botton on his side and hardly breathing. I got rid of the ammonia and he was better the next day If you have Prime water conditioner, use that instead of a waterchange. It will detoxify the ammonia without further stressing your fish.
  11. Hmmm no I tested the tap water for phosphates and they are at zero. I added phosguard but that only seemed to help minimally. Waterchange tomorrow.
  12. I would just buy plexiglass and have it cut to fit. If you have access to an electric saw etc it is much cheaper than any divider you can find. It probably won't dissolve either
  13. I think I need a little chemistry review on phosphates... One of my aquariums has pretty high phosphate (about 2ppm, or whatever the units is that my test kit uses) but there is almost 0 nitrate, and all other water parameters are excellent. Why? I always thought since phosphates were accumalated from organic waste so wouldn't there be an increase in nitrates also? This aquarium has had this pattern in the past and I've used a combination of waterchanges and phosguard. Is there a different way to be solving this?
  14. Well my actual job is to clean and maintain aquariums in the science buildings of our campus. We have extra empty aquariums and all the supplies... I think maybe he just doesn't want me to have too many hours since freshwater (what I want) is fairly cheap to maintain long run.
  15. Good and bad news: My boss is not retiring til May and then after that will either work part time or volunteer for at least the greenhouse and stockroom. No goldfish or new aquariums I saw the cutest orange and black telescope this weekend too. Oh well. Maybe in a few years.
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