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post #21 of 42 (permalink) Old 01-23-2018, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Last night was scary.

I was awake and lying in bed when I felt a little shake. "Oh it's another little earthquake." The little shake grew a little bit and began to rattle my sliding closet doors. It went on for like a minute. "Oh this is not good I thought.." Still in bed, I got my phone out and started googling. Nothing. "That was certainly not nothing." I thought to myself. I kept looking for something and then it was there. All of a sudden I get an alert from my weather app and a text alert: TSUNAMI WARNING.
I lept up, put clothes on. "Oh no oh no oh no oh no." Apparently I'm no good in a crisis. "Okay, stop. What do you need. Clothes. Blankets. Pillows." I started packing. Bad time to pack is when you need to go. I got it loaded in my car. I have sent to me land fall times. I'm not on the list but I still feel unsafe. I live less than four miles from the ocean and I live in a basement. "Not good not good not good not safe not safe not safe" The panic side of my brain keeps repeating. "Stop. Breathe. You're not on the warning. You're ready to go if you have to." Panic still says it's not safe to sleep in the basement, so I end up hanging out in the back of my car bawling my eyes out, cos my family lives 3000 miles away, they got a warning too, and my fish are still in the house. I didn't know what to do. Do I go? Do I stay? Am I overreacting? After the landfall warning time came and went I figured I should just go back inside. It was awful. Thankfully it turned out to be okay and no real damage occurred. I crashed just before the tsunami warning was disabled at 4 am. Every creak of the house, every whistle of wind had me on edge before exhaustion took over and I slipped into unconsciousness.

Today I am so thankful that it turned out to be fine but still so exhausted. Everybody is okay.

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post #22 of 42 (permalink) Old 01-23-2018, 07:50 PM
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That sounds awful D: I'm glad you're okay though. It's hard to know how we'll react until something actually happens. I think some panic is pretty normal, though, and you got yourself packed up just in case in spite of it :) Better safe than sorry, yeah? You did good.

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post #23 of 42 (permalink) Old 01-23-2018, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Lol thanks, I don't feel like I did good, but there wasn't much else I could do but leave. If the quake had been anything other than a strike slip it would have been devastating. I don't think there would have been time to flee and be out of harms way fast enough.
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I got some cute pictures of Paperclip this evening. His colors are really coming thru now that he's more relaxed and happier.

The paint drips on the front of the tank got in the way of good pictures. I tried to get the paint off with a teeny tiny bit of acetone and now there are marks all over the tank from that as if I took sand paper to it. Looks like eventually Paperclip will be moving into glass once I find something cheap enough.. I want to dilute the IAL water too so everyone is back into clear water again.. I miss being able to see their real colors not filtered thru tea...
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I'm a little peeved... I buy that 10 G kit from walmart the other day only to find out today that the $! a Gallon sale is on at Petco... Bleh.. I'll have to go by today to see if there are any 5 G tanks that I need. Just in time for me ruining Paperclip's tank! hahah.

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Just really cleaned everybody's tanks. Slowly diluting the IAL. lol

I've been struggling with a migraine for the last 2 days. I also decided that after this I probably not have more than one or two fish after this, just for their sake since my health seems to be declining slowly. I dunno. I'll probably eat my words later but that's my determination.

I'm gonna go feed everyone and then try any nurse this migraine before work tomorrow.

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Paperclip was a little off yesterday.


I fed everybody yesterday morning, nothing abnormal, no difference in behavior.
Upon getting home from work, everyone wriggled and greeted me as I walked in the door except Paperclip. He was laying underneath his folded IAL leaf.

I'm waiting on plants in the mail so everyone's tanks are a little sparse. I have Moss balls, a supposed to me planted but seems to prefer floating plant that I can't remember the name of and Angel Wing Begonia clippings growing in the girls tanks which are giving them a little bit of cover as well as growing roots for them to rest in. Levi has a Moss ball and that plant that I can't remember the name of floating in his as well as a leaf hammock. Paperclip is by far my most sensitive fish. He does not like his lights on so and he NEEDED a hidey place so he has a folded IAL leaf for hiding, the mystery not floating/floating plant, and a Philodendron clipping for resting in the roots. ANYWAY...


Paperclip was hiding under his IAL leaf when I got home. He didn't come out to see me or what I was doing which was weird since he(they) always comes up to the front of the tank to see what I'm up to if I walk by. I tried to let him rest while I made dinner hoping he'd come out to see what was up, but he didn't. I couldn't handle it so I moved his leaf to see if he was alive. He moved! Thank goodness! So I carried on and let him do his thing. After I ate I went to feed everyone. Little piggy Levi was more than happy to eat but Paperclip was again not aware of anything going on. This time this he was laying in the roots of the Philodendron. I wasn't moving and this time I didn't see any noticeable gill movement. I got really scared again. I didn't want to disturb him if he was resting tho.. so I carried on feeding everyone. I put some pellets in his tank. No reaction. Then I accidentally hit the leaf of the roots he was resting in and jostled him awake. He came over and ate a little bit. Not as voraciously as normal but he ate some. Then he sort of just drifted to the bottom and rested there at the front of the tank, fins somewhat clamped. I don't know what was going on with that boy.


When I did their water changes and tank cleanings on Monday night I did add a Moon Rock cave to Paperclips tank. Since he's so sensitive maybe he was upset I added something new?


This morning he seemed alright. He greeted me and ate just fine. I'll see how he is when I get home I guess.

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I suppose I should update as it's been a several days. Paperclip has gone back to normal. He's chipper and active as ever. I've kind of noticed he sort of has a hard time seeing the pellets when I put them in there so I try to plop them in front of him so he sees them before they sink. Unfortunately he's a little slow.. lol. These North Fin pellets sink so fast!


I just noticed yesterday what looks to be a little spot of.. something in the center of each of Daria's eyes. I'm not sure what it is if it's clouding or what. It looks what I think to cataracts? Is that a thing? I don't know, she still sees her food perfectly fine.


On a different note; I seem to keep catching the snails fall off the walls of their tank, or finding them upside down having fallen from the walls of the tank. Is this normal? Should I be worried?

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My aquarium plants came in today! I'm very happy with how they look, but the amount of plants that came for a 55 G+ grab bag was slightly disappointing. I got a couple of hitch hikers too. I got a couple of snails--one didn't make it-- and some Duckweed. The latter I was hoping for so I'm excited about that. Not as excited for another snail, but oh well. I really hope they live.. I spent too much on them..

I have the moon stone in Paperclip's tank. Levi didn't seem to care for it, so I didn't think Paperclip would either, but since I took away his IAL I had to give him somewhere to be able to hide. The other day I caught him hanging out in there, and again today. So adorable. hahah

I've noticed the last couple of days that Spatula always lunges at her food. Everyone else swims underneath it and just opens their mouths but she jumps. LOL

Levi didn't want to eat tonight. He did look full so hopefully that's all and I hope he goes back to normal tomorrow.
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Accidental double post... =_=

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