Here's another update! Carson is very happy with his new home and blows bubbles all the time! Unfortunately,
even though I spot clean his tank with a turkey baster(which does not bother him) I have to change all the water in the tank on a once a month basis. It is recommended by the manufacturer and the small net I got was a tad too big and his tank made it impossible for me to catch him with it! Thank God it was only $1.50 I wasted on that! The hand activated pump to clean the gravel was a waste of money too! It was too big to work! It worked a total of 30 full seconds then never worked again! There's a new model coming out next month that I
will look at and see if I like it or not before purchasing!
The first full tank cleaning was a disaster! Pump above didn't work, Carson was stunned but recovered fast!
The next cleaning, the net freaked him out SO bad! I didn't have the net before...he then was in a coffeee cup which I cut in half to try and scoop him out with it, it didn't really work so well...then when I was half-way through cleaning the tank (it took a long time because of the turkey baster having to remove all the water)
I went to the bathroom and quickly came back (just a few steps away) and got the shock of my life!!! My Carson was on the floor!!! He had jumped out of the cup about a minute after I left the room! It's a good thing I was only 2 minutes in the bathroom! I panicked when he flopped next to the radiator! I scooped him up in my hand and plopped him back in the cup and screamedthe whole time and when my mom came in I started crying and asked her to hold him, which she did. I thought that since he loves his new home, that maybe he tried to get back to it by flying! (He's a fish, he didn't know how he was gonna get home, he was just desperate enough to try flying!) She dumped him back in the tank and I said why did she do that necause I hadn't cleaned the tank yet! Long story short, he had the fish net put over his cup while I finished the cleaning.
That bloody net was good for something! So anyway, now I will put him in a regular size cup and monitor him carefully and I'll have to use the scoop out in your hand method, so I am training him to not fear sitting in my hand. It's the second day of training and he's made progress! He's smart!
I didn't know stroking fish was bad for them, so I will be stopping that for awhile! Also, he sleeps less now that he has the new tank! He's safer, happy and heathy! He likes to go under my finger tip and put his head against my finger and blow bubbles! Not moving, just staying there with my finger on his head!! He's crazy!