It's late again *sigh* I need to go to bed earlier but I always get distracted by something...
Anyway, had a bit of drama this week... found out I have 2 ppm of ammonia in my tap water
I did a bit of research and found out it's because my city is using chloromines to purify the water. Needless to say I freaked out, I couldn't have my fish living in that. So I've switched over to using Ozarka natural spring water, I know it's not the best, but it does have minerals in it that the fish needs and of course I still use water conditioner and added a bit of extra stress coat to help with the transition. I figured it was a better and cheaper alternative to using tap water mixed with RO and with some added chemicals for the RO... or even using RO with chemicals... I'm not very good at science, or anything math related so I'm afraid that messing with something like that would be... well... worse that using the Ozarka.
I've been acclimating Shosta for oh... about 5 hours now or so, getting him slowly used to the lack of ammonia and much softer water (6.4!) Thankfully, I can get it in 2.5 gallon amounts for cheap, so I don't have to worry so much. I'll be keeping a very close eye on Shosta, but I've got some plants in there which should help with any water quality issues that may pop up, and I'll be checking the water back at college when I get back, though I seriously doubt it is as bad as the stuff here as my inverts are still alive and thriving. That and my plants probably have something to do with it. Lol.
So I'm just wasting time before I let Shosta loose back in his temp tank. Poor guy is such a trooper. He lived quite happily in that awful water for a full week!
Probably not long enough to do too much damage... but still, I love the guy and I don't want anything to happen because of my carelessness.
Some funny stuff
On Christmas eve, I was getting dressed and ready for our usual Christmas Eve service at our church (which is a really big deal and the orchestra and choir works on the music for months before hand) and getting into my concert black in front of Shosta's tank because there is like NO space in my room... mostly because I'm messy
and he flared at my dress! xD the black thing all over again lol.
He did it again to my mother (her pjs are black) and she got a kick out of it. He's also gotten into this habit of wagging his tail fin, like, he ripples it from the bottom up when he wants to hang out at the surface and will do it a few times before he gets into JUST the right position for sleeping... kind of like how a dog will circle around before it lays down.
Well... anyway my eyes are blurring and I need to let Shosta back into his domain, so I think I'm done for the night...er.... morning.
OH!! and my fiance is visiting tomorrow!! yay!