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Old 04-12-2016, 05:36 PM   #1 
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Post Gerald's Log

A daily log to keep track of what I've done while maintaining Gerald and his tank!
A couple of weeks will be missing because a) I totally forgot to start logging when I brought him home. It would have been nice to have a record of when he was slightly depressed, so I could reference it in the future. And b) A majority of the logging was/will be done in my logging journal. Most of the online posts are just parameters and if anything serious occurs (i.e. illness, random change in parameters, etc).
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:08 PM   #2 
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4.12.16

Water Parameters
Log started: 6:35 pm EST
Temp: 65
[I know the temp is a little too low for a regular betta, but Gerald has shown no signs of slowing down since he got out of his depression, so I'm not worried about temperature until something happens. Plus, it keeps my filter cool. I have a heater that I can use when necessary, though.]
pH: 7.6
Last checked: 4.5.16
[Again, too high, but he's been doing fine. I'm also not comfortable putting pH down into his water because that is the equivalent of putting acid into his tank. I'd screw it up somehow and end up with a dead Gerald.]
ammonia: .25 ppm
Last checked: 4.12.16
[Not sure why it's .25 ppm. Hopefully some partial water changes everyday will decrease the ammonia.]
nitrite: 0 ppm
Last checked: 4.9.16
nitrate: N/A
Last checked: N/A
[I never ended up buying a test kit for nitrate. It was almost $12 for only 90 tests. I didn't think that price for the amount of tests was 'worth it'. I use quotations because checking for nitrates is obviously important for the health of the fish and the tank, but I'm really strapped for cash at the moment, so I had to make some budget cuts. Nothing has gone bad, yet. Hoping to keep it that way.]
Last Water Change (will be abbreviated to LWC): 4.10.16

Behaviour:
Lots of glass surfing
Some flaring, though not to much to be worried about
Nothing too unusual

Poop:
Normal sized
Brownish-orange coloured
Nothing to be worried about

Extra notes:
Some poop was left behind during LWC. I will have to remove those during the next water change.
Gerald seems to know when I'm busy doing homework or anything that isn't revolved around him. He only glass surfs if I'm in the room, but not paying attention to him. Goes in circles around leaf hammock.
He might not like the plastic-y feel of the leaf. I will have to reinforce one of the silk leaves or make my own leaf hammock that isn't made of plastic.
Unusual burning rubber/gasoline like smell coming from tank. Forgot to check decorations, filter, and water during LWC to see which could be giving off the horrid smell.

Log ended: 7:08 pm EST
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:35 PM   #3 
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4.13.16


Log started: 4:51 pm EST

Water Parameters:
Temp: 64
pH: 7.6 ppm
Last checked: 4.5.16
ammonia: .25 ppm
Last checked: 4.12.16
nitrite: 0 ppm
Last checked: 4.9.16
nitrate: N/A
Last checked: N/A
Last Water Change: 4.9.16

Behaviour:
Wedging against filter intake for attention
Chases my pencil when I'm writing, doing homework, etc.

Poop:
No new poop

Extra notes:
Has a fetish for writing utensils
Is warming up to Jorge [a plastic army many who sits outside the front of the tank] thinking about putting him into the tank, but considering keeping him where he is
Likes to wedge himself against the top right corner of the tank, right where the intake is. Doesn't seem harmed [i.e. no ripped fins] does it for attention

Check:
pH: in 1 day[s]
ammonia: in 3 day[s]
nitrite: in 1 day[s]
nitrate: N/A

Log ended: 8:57 pm EST

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Old 04-13-2016, 07:38 PM   #4 
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Do you have pictures of Gerald and his tank? :)
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:45 PM   #5 
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Do you have pictures of Gerald and his tank? :)

Of course!! I have a ton of pictures I just backed up to my computer yesterday, in case anything happens to my phone. I can upload a couple if you want.
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:48 PM   #6 
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I'd love to see him if you don't mind sharing.
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:57 PM   #7 
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I'd love to see him if you don't mind sharing.
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These are three out of almost 60 photos that are the most flattering. Trying to take pictures of your betta when he won't sit still is definitely a challenge lol. I don't have a photo of the whole setup, but to visualize, imagine a cube with a bit separated in the back to house the filter setup. It's quite small, sizing at about 3.7 gallons. I wish I got a 5 or even 10 gallon tank, but my parents weren't so happy with even the 3.7 gallon tank. For some reason, explaining that bigger tank = happier, healthier fish is foreign to them, I guess

EDIT: They aren't showing up on my computer, but I can open them in a new tab. So if they don't load right on the forum, it should work if you open them in a new tab.
EDIT[2]: Hopefully fixed the photos!!

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Old 04-13-2016, 08:02 PM   #8 
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Can't see them. Click go Advanced --> Paperclip Icon.
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Old 04-13-2016, 08:03 PM   #9 
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Your pictures on my end are not working.

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ThatFish beat me to it!
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Can't see them. Click go Advanced --> Paperclip Icon.

Forums are definitely not my strong suit lol. I'm going to fix it now; I'll let you know once I've fixed them.
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