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post #511 of 1427 (permalink) Old 05-12-2016, 10:36 AM
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Oh, no, Dangerous! I didn't know they carried tainted flies.

I think it's nice your snail eats duckweed. It grows so fast, and she keeps it in check. As long as none of the rooted stuff gets eaten, then it's game over!

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She started eating some of my baby Narrow Leaf Java Fern.. Don't know how she got a hold of it, they're all floating in the middle of the tank. I took it from her, and she went back to the duckweed. As long as she doesn't keep trying to eat my java fern, we're good. Everything else is silk.


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Wow, well I've seen my pond snails swimming around and in the middle of the surface before. Aquatic snails have some sort of swim bladder that lets them go up and down in the water column. I've never seen a big snail do it.

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You know.. I've learned to hate something good happening to me. Every time something good happens in my life, for example me getting a job, making some progress towards my goal of getting out of this house and finding a roommate, something happens that sets me ten steps back.. Whether it be emotionally, or something else that stops me in my tracks.

I've sat here wondering what I did to deserve to not be happy. I've done a lot wrong in my life, I'll admit. I've made stupid mistakes, I've done messed up things, but I don't feel that I deserve to be miserable. Am I just not allowed any happiness? Everything good in my life comes with a price.. Everything. For once, can't I just have something that doesn't cost me my happiness or my sanity?

I guess I shouldn't complain too much. My pets are fed, I get to eat, and I have a roof over my head. But I don't think I've ever been so depressed. I'm alone, the only person I care about is a selfish a-hole, he doesn't even care how what he's doing is effecting me, and basically tells me if I don't like it, there's the door.. And I don't want to walk out of that door. I care too much to walk out, but is me being miserable really worth staying?

Something needs to give. The little joys in my life aren't enough to keep me going anymore. My dogs help.. It seems like they know something is wrong because they're being extra clingy lately. The Bettas, they're calming, to an extent. My family? Useless. They don't know what's going on, nor do they care. Music just makes me more upset. Games offer a temporary escape, but soon as it's time to put everything down for the night, I'm back to square one. I can't focus on reading for long enough anymore. Nothing that used to help is working anymore.

I've struggled with depression and anxiety for a long time. I've gone through a lot of bull, and I always felt good that I got through them in one piece. Yet, it's so easy for simple things to mess everything up for me..


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Look what was at PetSmart..
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I also got into a spat with the woman bagging my snail. I asked if they sold the MTS in their tanks, and she called them pests. I explained how they're useful and many fishkeepers use them in their sand based tanks, and she just said they're pests and if I want them, fine, but don't say anything when I can't get rid of them... Okay..? I've done my research on them...


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Did ya get him?? :D

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Lucifer, Gabriel, Titan, King, Finnegan, Fin-again & Ricky.
Lucifer & Gabriel are my only non-rescues...

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Unfortunately not.. He was so gorgeous though. Trust me, his finnage was a lot prettier than it looks there. Almost complete black edging too, but his anal fin was missing a bit of it. Still gorgeous. And he was dancing in his cup. I think they had just gotten that shipment in, there were still some on a cart that hadn't been placed yet.


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I'm going to try something different with Azure. Every time he's bitten, it's right after I add more coverage to his tank.. I'm taking all of his plants out. He bites when I fill his tank with plants, so let's see if he stops without having to maneuver around anything. I know that would be counter productive for most fish, but it's worth a shot...


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Fun fact, Sebastian will not flare at his reflection whatsoever. But what he will flare at without fail is a can of Coke.. Maru won't flare at his reflection either, but what he will flare at is my face and finger. Meeko won't flare at anything anymore. He used to be so flare happy. Might need to float another male in there to get him to, but that's more work than it's worth.

It only took Roman a few hours to manage to kill an MTS. Damnit, Roman! I mean they were free, but don't kill them! The new Mystery Snail is in Meeko's tank temporarily. I need to wait for my 10g to grow enough duckweed to put in Merlin's tank for the new one. For now, it gets to eat all the duckweed in the world with Pearl. I haven't officially sexed it yet, but I can't see any male parts so it's most likely female. It's another Ivory, but a little more yellowish than Pearl, and a bit smaller. Might name it Puff, as in cream puff.


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Journal spamming again, but I've been tank watching since I can't sleep.

I got Pearl, what, two weeks ago? She was tiny. The same size as all the smaller Mystery Snails at PetSmart. The new guy or gal is the same size as Pearl was just two weeks ago! She's massive compared to the new one! I looked back at the picture of her on the rock when I introduced her, and she can barely fit on that same rock now. Her body drapes over both sides. Even Arthur never grew that fast and I had him (her) for 6 months! She's the same size as he (she) was! Whaaaaat?

I have come to the conclusion that Duckweed is Mystery Snail steroids. There wasn't any Duckweed in Arthur's tank. Let's see if the new snail grows fast.. He or she will have to be in there for maybe a week and a half or two anyway, same amount of time Pearl has been in there. I'm going to get a picture of its size compared to something once it's time for lights on. I have to vacuum every two days anyway because of the damn dying Duckweed so it'll be fine in there for a bit.


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