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That Darn Prime
Well, to start things off I would like to say that my lovely betta Portal Prime is DAFT. Last night I bought some freeze-dried bloodworms as a treat for him. Was totally excited while soaking them, and after a few minutes I popped one into his tank.
He did NOT like that. Oh, he will eat pellets without even thinking twice but one look at that bloodworm and it was flare city. I tried moving it around and he completely flipped, dashing into his pineapple and refusing to come out until after the offending treat was removed. I was very colorful with my words and decided to store the rest of the worms for another betta. Most likely will try again but if he still doesn't like them then he can have his smelly pellets all he wants.
I couldn't find a decent 1-gallon jug for his AQ treatment water, but decided to cheat. After doing some math, his betta cup I bought him in was promptly filled with scalding hot water, 3 drops of water treatment solution, and 1 tsp of salt. I did the same with an empty bottle, but used only a pinch of salt and used 1 drop of water treatment. Now when I do his water change when I get home, I just pour in the betta cup water first after cleaning the tank, place the decorations, then fill with water from the tap and let it sit for about 30 minutes. When doing a 50% water change, the bottled water will be slowly dripped into the tank so Portal prime's reaction to it can be closely watched.
Originally, the day before yesterday I did this, but with less salt to accumulate Portal Prime to it. He seemed irritated, constantly flaring and darting from edges of the tank until I took out half of the water and replaced it with treated tap water (no salt added). Kind of worried that his dorsal may never heal because he is constantly flipping it from side to side, and possibly ripping any new growth. When I get home some stress coat will be added to help.
I feel I am doing something right, however, since yesterday when I got home I was excited to see a bubble next in the corner of his tank.
A while back I started a thread, asking for easy-breeding fish to gain experience when caring for fry. Well, I was very sneaky and bought two 10 gallon tanks when my parents weren't looking. I started out with the very basic 1 male and 3 females, keeping them divided as I fattened them up for the best possible outcome (I originally bought 2 males and 6 females, but I picked which ones looked healthier for my breeding). Now a month and a half later, I have 15 little mouths to feed in the morning and evening when I get home. There were more, but I left the mother in with them to naturally cull and cut down their numbers since my space is limited. I do still keep the males and females separated, but I changed my divider to a mesh screen so they could still see each other. That perked up my males a LOT.
I've already found homes for the babies, too ^w^
- New starter culture for vinegar eels since the original colony crashed. Still trying to find out why this happened
- BBS eggs - LFS sells frozen brine shrimp but I don't think this will work
- Find girlfriend for Portal Prime
- Will Portal Prime eat thawed bloodworms? o.o
And I'm done for today. Tomorrow will be story time, since I've got a headache.