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post #191 of 221 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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On January 11th, 2016, a baby boy and his many, many siblings were born. On March 25, 2016, one little boy was selected for adoption.

One March 30, 2016, the little boy arrive home and was named Eric. He was given half of a 10-gallon tank.

After a couple weeks, he decided that he didn't want to live alone on his side and jumped the barrier to join his tank mate. After a little time alone, the little boy was put in time-out in a tiny tank. He then decided to get stuck in the filter, and was moved again. Finally, he got him own tank to himself.

Eventually, he was forced to move locations again and gained a very large potted plant.

After the move, he started developing tumors. They started small but worried his adoptive mother and he was moved to another tank.

After some time, he moved again into a brand new tank that seemed to be his forever tank.

But, his tumors continued to grow worse and landed him in another medicated tank. But he got better and went back to his tank. With his birthday and Christmas quickly approaching, he took a two-day journey with his adoptive brothers and sister to a tank he had to share again, but this time, he couldn't jump to visit his brothers.

The walls were sturdier ad higher, and he wasn't quite strong enough to jump over. Right after arriving in his new shared tank, he was doing great.

He was up and moving, but when he heard his adoptive mom was leaving him for a week for vacation, he went down hill again. With the year drawn to a close, he started to pinecone. Although his adoptive mother tried her hardest with medications, he passed away just before midnight on January 3, 2017, only one week before his 1st Birthday.

Swim in Peace baby boy. I will miss you dearly.


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post #192 of 221 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 08:34 AM
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OHH NOOO!!! Eric!!! I'm SO sorry you lost him!! His memorial post was so beautifuk, and well thought out. SIP little man <3


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That was a touchingly beautiful post. Very sorry to hear about your boy's passing.

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Since I am bored and need something to do, I am going to do a full update with pictures.

Squirt: As always, Squirt is doing great. She is spending this break in a 3 gallon KK with my anubias driftwood and one of the snails. One of the anubias sticks out of the water most of the time so it is struggling some, but it's holding on. The snail poops way too much, though.


Eric: If you missed my last post, Eric passed a week ago from his tumors. He really has been slowly going downhill the last 6 months. He was a very strong boy though and fought until the last week. His side of the divided tank has just been sitting empty, but I'm not sure if I will fill it or not. Eric did get buried in a pot with aloe. His has his Ariel and Eric statue above him.


Terrarium: The snails and geckos have all been more active. I added the ribbon plants to their tank, but it's not doing so well in there. The snails love climbing on it, though, which knocks it over. I also added some moss in. I'm not sure it is doing too well either. I did build a DIY humidifier for the tank, but it isn't working too well. I do have an extra pump at school, so once I get back, I am going to try it with its own pump (right now the same pump is also running the sponge filter in Squirt's tank). I am also contemplating using Squirt's tank at school as a new terrarium, since it will give the geckos more room since they really should have at least 5 gallons (10 is recommended) and they are currently in a 3 gallon. If I do move them over, Squirt would go into Eric's old tank and the two tanks would switch spots. It is a change I would like to make, but that would mean I definitely could not get another betta because I would be out of tanks. So, I need to think about that.
Last picture is one of the geckos trying to eat a superworm from under the plastic lid it's on.


Apollo: Apollo is the same as always. He has been flaring some, but he rarely is the one to initiate it. He is also not a fan of the camera, so it is very difficult to get pictures of him, so I am proud of the semi-decent ones I did get. He also wasn't thrilled for the extra light I put above the tank (by moving the floaters around and moving the light to the front of the tank), so that made pictures twice as difficult. Which reminds me, I plan on getting rid of most, if not all of the floaters, so please take it from me (It is $3 a bag including shipping and I will fit as much as I can into a sandwich bag).


Hank: Hank just keeps getting bigger. I think he is about the same size as Squirt now, maybe just a little smaller. I am posting a Transformation Tuesday of him tomorrow on my Instagram (same username as here and almost daily updates). He is the other contender for Eric's tank, which means I would rescape it to take the same theming idea as his current 2 gallon. He is also quite the little model, so most of my decent pictures are of him.


Adam: And last but not least, the crazy one who initiates almost all the flaring. I can't wait to get back to rescaping his tank. Once I get back to school, I plan on ordering more jungle val for his tank. I did want to add additional fish to his tank, but considering he is the one doing the bulk of the flaring, I probably shouldn't risk it.


So that's about it. We travel again in a week, but since it is only one day of travel, it should be easier this time. The bulk of the times I got wet was when we were driving through college campuses for my brother (who is a senior right now). Some of those campuses have a lot of hills and speed bumps. My school only has two speed bumps, but the ones we visited were half speed bump, half road.
Also, we got a light dusting of "snow" (really just little ice pellets) for the first time in two years, so here is a picture of my dog with snow on his face:


I have also successfully wasted time. That's one thing I miss about school: I usually don't have to waste time and when I do, there are always people around and things I can do.
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Oh wow...Hank has really marbled! Went from what was it? Solid red to a koi?

So sorry to hear about Eric, he was a handsome boy.

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He was a dark blueish black body with orangy red fins. Here he is the day I got him:

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My Milk Snails:
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Oh wow. Lucky duck. He's gorgeous! Would not have seen that change coming!

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I know I was a little worried about to "koi" I got when he came. It only took him about a month to marble like that. His siblings are stunners too are being sold for at least twice as much not that they marbled. It was definitely a fun transformation to watch.

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Wow Hank looks SO different!! And Apollo looks great! It looks like he's grown.

The snails look great! How do you keep their tank warm/humid? I had such problems with that, and if I get some new snails, I definitely want to make sure I can keep the tank humid. My issue was that the tank was moist, but not warm, it was probably room temp, but that just seemed too cool. Is a Pet Smart KK OK to use, or will the holes in the lid allow too much moisture to leave?


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Apollo may have grown, I'm not sure. Hank and Squirt sure have, though. I was looking back at Squirt's old pictures last night and she was probably half the size she is now.
I am using a tropical plant/animal substrate (sphagnum moss and coco fiber) that holds moisture really well. I got the mixture idea from SerpaDesign on YouTube. As for warmth, the light may warm it up a bit since it isn't LED, but I've never worried about it much. At school, it is plenty warm (which sucks for me) so I've never worried about it much. At home, it's colder, but it doesn't seem to affect them much. The tank I am using is just a glorified medium KK that came with extra stuff. Reptiles and snails are usually kept with screen lids, so I would think if it was too much of a problem that wouldn't be the norm. I did make a humidifier, but it doesn't work well. I am going to try it on my Whisper 20 pump when I get to school Tuesday and see if that makes a difference.

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My Milk Snails:
Flash | Priscilla | Rapunzel | Eugene | Flynn
Those Gone Too Soon:
|Destiny (Baby) 8/17/2016-9/13/2016|Eric (HMPK) 3/30/2016-1/3/2017|
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