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Old 01-20-2013, 02:42 PM   #691 
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Oh i forgot about Sparky!!! Do you wear gloves when you feed him??
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:33 PM   #692 
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Nope, no gloves. It's hard to pick up the pellets wearing those bulky gloves.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:41 PM   #693 
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http://s1236.photobucket.com/albums/...Update2013.mp4

In case you can't hear my voice on the video (new camera has lousy microphone), something's up with Sparky's water. When I put my hand in, take it out, and then try to put it back in, the water is supercharged and I get shocked by the water. This is the first time this has happened. I wonder if Sparky puts out a low charge at all times? I tried this twice and each time, the water would shock me. My fingers are all tingly.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:57 PM   #694 
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Either my computer or your link is being wonky - I can't load the video - I'll try again in a few, but from your description - I FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE!!!

Sounds like he's starting to identify YOUR HAND with FOOD SOURCE THAT MUST BE ZAPPED. Sakura? I don't like where this is heading. At all. NAUGHTY Sparky! Wonder what the snails think of all this zapping? If your hand is numb without even being the target, they must sure get the crap zapped out of them, too. Odd..
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:57 PM   #695 
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Ugh. Accidentally did too big of a water change on Sparky's tank and now I can't get the temp over 72 even with two 100w heaters. I sure hope Sparky can warm himself with his electricity.

On another note, I was at the fish store where I got the Sparkster and I stopped to look at the tiny compartment where he was kept for so long. No way would our fat friend even begin to fit in there now. You've come a long way, Sparky.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:05 PM   #696 
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:13 PM   #697 
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I hope that fat acts like an insulator, like the blubber on seals.

Whee, I can't stop laughing though when I see him swimming around, those tiny pectoral fins flapping away. Reminds me of an ostrich trying to fly.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:07 PM   #698 
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I've missed the potato with googly eyes!! He has grown a lot!!
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:17 AM   #699 
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Some updates on the Sparkster.

Well, the pink ramshorns are barely hanging on but it seems that a pond snail or two laid a clutch. There are tiny baby pond snails ALL OVER THE PLACE. It looks like someone mixed coffee grinds with the sand, that's how many babies there are. Now I'm starting to wish Sparky ate snails.

All this despite the fact that I'm still struggling to keep Sparky's water at a reasonable temp. Last Saturday it dipped to 70 F. I had to do an emergency water change using about 10 gals of warm water from inside the house to bring it up to about 74 F. I may have to use part inside water for now on even though the inside water goes through a water softener and is ultra soft while the outside water is moderately hard.

And in light of his growing girth, I decided to increase Sparky's food from 6 pellets to 8. He's a growing boy, after all.
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Yay!
You'd think he'd be willing to power another heater himself! :(
Stay warm, potato fish.
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