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post #21 of 202 (permalink) Old 04-28-2016, 03:10 AM Thread Starter
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Well two updates: one fish related and one non-fish related.
Fish related: Eric is doing better and is starting to heal. The dots are just his coloration, so there is not a problem there.
Non-fish related: I just went to my first college as a DD for 5 people. I have never been around drunk people for more than a few minutes, so this was quite a new experience. I don't have a car on campus, so I don't drive much. Driving without much practice with 4 drunk giggly people in the car is tough (1 girl went home with another set of friends because we only had 4 seats and the police had come so we didn't want to risk it). I'm not sure I would do that again unless there was someone staying sober with me.

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Flash | Priscilla | Rapunzel | Eugene | Flynn
Those Gone Too Soon:
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post #22 of 202 (permalink) Old 04-30-2016, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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Snail Update time! Flash has been inactive the last 3 days, but he still seems to be alive as he does not sink and has not let go of the tank. About 30-45 minutes ago Flash got a new friend. The same person that brought me Flash brought me another snail that she found today. It rained some today, so more snails were probably out. The new snail is also a Milk Snail, but is a little smaller and has a cream coloring. I have decided to go with the name Priscilla after the other sloth in Zootopia. Although it is not really a gender-neutral name, I think it is adorable. She is currently munching on some lettuce. Maybe Flash will get up and moving to meet his new friend.

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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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post #23 of 202 (permalink) Old 05-05-2016, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Updates on everything today.
Life: Moving out has started becoming real. I now have a giant bin (45-gallon rolling bin) for my decorations and bedding. My walls are almost bare and it is so weird. Over half of the people in my hall have moved out. Only 3-4 are moving out tomorrow and the rest of us will leave this weekend, except one of my friends who is staying through May. As much as I can't wait to go home as see my little kids again (the ones I teach) I am going to miss my friends.
Eric: My little troublemaker is doing great. His dorsal is perfectly fine and he is eating (I wasn't sure if he was because he doesn't eat right away). I plan on leaving his 3-gallon up until Sunday morning, then move him directly to his travel cup and setting up the tank asap once I get home. His filter isn't cycled, so it will just be dried the night before so it doesn't leak everywhere.
Squirt: She is also doing great. I had to scrub away some brown algae, but it wasn't too hard. I plan on taking down the 10-gallon late Friday or early Saturday so that is can dry out a bit before going in the box. The filter cartridge will be living in a Tupperware of tank water and the Salvinia Minima will be doing the same (probably the same Tupperware too). All my fish supplies are going in the box with it. Hopefully, they all fit. Squirt will be going into her old 1-gallon for 1-2 days. She will stay in the 1-gallon once I get home until the 10-gallon is set up and running (probably by Sunday night).
Once I get back I am going to start growing some algae too. I may grow it outside with a clear plastic top. Once some grows, I am going to get a Nerite snail for the 10-gallon. Right now I am debating getting a 5-gallon tank and moving Squirt and her new snail to it, but using all the same stuff, or getting guppies. Since my room is so small next year, I may just get a plain 5-gallon so it won't take up so much space.
Snails: So neither one has moved in a few days, so I stuck them each in water for a few seconds to make sure they were still alive. They both starting moving a little while after and started eating the soaked tropical fish food flakes I had left over from last year's fish. Priscilla at some, but Flash ate a ton. I also bought some Tums (a little travel size container) and put one in the tank and one in the spray bottle I also bought. Neither one touched the Tums, but oh well.
Well, that is all the updates I can think of, I am sure I will think of more after I post this.
Oh, I remember one thing, Squirt's tank is cycled, so I am very excited about that. If I do keep the 10-gallon and add guppies, I am going to make my bubble volcano a second filter so I have more filtration.

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Squirt (VT/CT) Apollo (HMDTPK) Hank (HMPK) Adam (VT/CT)
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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So new update from today: I am probably getting another betta named Apollo from DangerousAngel. I will need to get another tank once I get home.

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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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Packing of the 10-gallon has begun. The filter is off and the filter media and Salvinia Minima have been moved to a Tupperware of tank water. I have not started draining it yet because I am trying to get a good temperature in the 1-gallon before I drain it so I can move Squirt back over if I have to. I put the 50 Watt Hydor from the 10-gallon in the 1-gallon in hopes that it will keep a steadier temperature during the two days the tank will be running. My other way is to run the small heater that doesn't turn off only at night, which leads to temperature fluctuation throughout the day. I know it probably isn't a good idea to run the heater in such a small tank, but since it is only for two days, I am hoping it will be okay.
I am going to work up extra early Monday to drain Eric's tank since his QT tank is taken by the snails. His tank is smaller, so I am not too worried about getting it packed day of.
Now I am worried about the heater overheating while I am sleeping. Maybe I should unplug it? The tank is at 78ish right now. I can turn it on after Baccalaureate tomorrow when I can monitor it.
On another note, Squirt's tail keeps growing. She is definitely at least somewhat Crowntail. The notch in the middle of her tail still hasn't filled in. Maybe she has double tail in her too. I also think she may be marbling. Some of her scales are turning a pinkish color.
I am marbling too. My hair color just changed. My dirty blonde roots were really standing out against my light blonde dyed hair, so I redyed my hair (well, two of my friends did it technically). My hair should be a darker blonde like my hair was before and I plan to put light highlights in it next weekend. Hopefully my mom will do it for me. She has highlighted my hair twice a few years.
This post has gotten long and I am tired. I think that I will drain the 10-gallon and turn off the heater and then go to sleep.

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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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Well, I am in the road. The fish are snug in their cups and the snails are sleeping, like always. It took forever to pack. I think I have way too many things.

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Squirt (VT/CT) Apollo (HMDTPK) Hank (HMPK) Adam (VT/CT)
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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I love how you have snails! They're so cute! (Sorry Olivia lol)


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I arrived at home about 3:15 this afternoon after 4 hours on the road. I had so much stuff that I had Squirt's cup in a Sonic drink carrier with plants and my feet and the snails, filter media, Salvinia Minima, and Eric's cup in my lap. I had everyone moved in by 5:15. After a little of a scare with Eric's heater this morning (it wasn't keeping the tank warm), it is now working again.
After setting up the tanks, I have found that I don't have a place for Apollo, so I will need to do some cleaning, actually a lot of cleaning, before getting him set up.
I am thinking about maybe making an aquarium stand. I know my Grandpa would be thrilled (he loves making things with wood). I think I am going to look at some multi-aquarium stands. What would be really cool is ones like they have at fish stores.
Also, I forgot to mention I pulled the LED light out of Eric's tank and am now using the lights above my desk. The lights actually light up the tank better than the lights in the 10-gallon, so I am very happy with that.

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My Milk Snails:
Flash | Priscilla | Rapunzel | Eugene | Flynn
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Heh heh, I am glad this didn't happen, but I just had the thought of what if a police had pulled you over and your...hahahahaha...your covered with fish. Fish in your lap, fish at your feet..."is that a snail?? Okay, your free to go...."
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I'm not sure if they would be more stunned by that or by the shear amount of things we had in the car. The entire back window was blocked along with the side windows in the back.

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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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