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02-04-2019 07:54 PM
Tealight03 Breeding sounds exciting! How many offspring do they usually produce? I assume eggs?

Aww poor Freedom. It's hard to know when to intervene. I just had to put Xander down. He hadn't eaten in months and was lethargic. I also lost Theo to Popeye/fungus. Just took their tanks down. I only have Callie and Jethro left.
02-04-2019 06:39 PM
themamaj Tealight!! So nice to hear from you! Yes new job is going well. He has A LOT of geckos but they are beautiful and so fun to work with. Have wanted to do some small scale crested gecko breeding as well for a year or so. I finally have a pair that are old enough and up to weight. I tried about a week ago to pair them. I did a brief period of them together and then separated. Trying again today. They seem to like each other in the fact that they want to be near each other. I have heard some mating calls but no luck yet. I even tried playing them some Barry White music lol!!! February is the month of love so maybe we will have good luck.

Today has been my first day off in awhile. So nice. I have just hung out with the animals. I had great ideas of cleaning all the fish tanks but haven't gotten motivated yet. Freedom has been going down. I have pondered whether or not to intervene. The tumors on his side look like they are about to rupture. His color has changed and not eating so I know time is near. I sure hate it. He has been with me several years. Such a good boy. I put my finger to the glass the other night and he tried to swim to it. Our eyes met and it was like we both knew. He has had a long, happy life though so for that I am thankful.

On happier note, I just love brass tetras. I think they are my all time favorite community fish. I like that they are showy but peaceful and live in harmony with bettas. Penny is so funny right in the middle of them eating. They are like starved piranhas crashing the surface for food. I love watching them eat.

I really want to rescape Titan's tank. I think he is as bored with the plant set up as I am. Maybe some new driftwood and new sand would perk it up a bit. When I rescaped Penny's tank, my koi female, I added some anubias to driftwood I had and it looks so nice. The plant roots have attached well to the wood. The java moss in that tank is doing well too. would love to propagate more of that to put in other tanks. It would be nice to get some shrimp again. I keep saying I am going to do a shrimp tank but I just can't seem to have a tank without a betta lol!

How are all of your fish?
02-02-2019 07:21 PM
Tealight03 MamaJ! I'm so glad you updated! Your side jobs sound awesome and like a great fit for you! Your fish are gorgeous. I also have a special place in my heart for the vts. :)
01-27-2019 10:38 PM
themamaj Yeah we are actually under a Winter Storm Watch! For us snow lovers, TN snows are few and far between. Every winter I dream of the Blizzard of '93 where the snow was up to my 3 year old's chest. We had no snow boots for him so we put multiple Kroger bags over his shoes. We were lucky because we kept water and power through the whole storm as well as had a wonderful wood burning fireplace. School was closed for over a week and even my hubby's job was closed several days. I remember him watching the tv intently every night like a school boy hoping just hoping to see the closed sign go across the screen. One night after my son was in bed, we went out in front of the house and went sledding. So much fun! Maybe we will get lucky and get more than the 2 inches they are calling for. Lol. I bet you fish lovers to the north of me think I am nuts.

Fish are all doing fine. I started my new job with our local gecko breeder and have really enjoyed it. I have done everything from caring for the animals to getting display cases and merchandise ready for weekly shows. There are a variety of animals to work with. The bulk of them are crested geckos, but he also has gargoyle geckos, leopard geckos, bearded dragons and a huge iguana named George. George and I are buddies now. He loves bananas and will follow you anywhere if he knows you have one. It is really funny. I call him Curious George. I was a bit intimidated by him at first but now I think of him as a big scaly dog. He has such a funny personality!

All my scaly babies are doing fine too. I will be getting a couple of new additions here in a few weeks of some morning geckos. They are a small species of geckos (all female) and the cool thing about them is that they are parthenogenic. This means that they can reproduce on their own without a male. Pretty cool. They do better in groups so I am starting with 2 and see how it goes. Maybe before long, I will have some eggs :)

Guess I better feed and head to bed. I hope you all have a great week.
01-20-2019 10:22 AM
themamaj Just put out a new video you all might like. A day in the life of water changes :)
01-15-2019 11:05 PM
themamaj Here are a few pictures to share. Shadow is really amazing. Oh such a scary beard haha. Bama is my red halfmoon and cute little Penny. James is the dalmatian. Spongy is yellow veil. Freedom is next. The crowntail was one of my fosters. Really a beautiful boy. It tickles me to see how family enjoys him now.
01-15-2019 09:19 PM
themamaj Good advice. I start tomorrow so excited to see how it goes. Awww you have a new baby! I love shih tzus. I bet it is the cutest watching her with Edward and Russell. So do you think you would like Gary to retire? My hubby is still a few years off from that but I need to find him a hobby before he does. I do enjoy my animal time. He offered to take up a muscle car hobby. Lol boys will always be boys!
01-10-2019 10:21 PM
RussellTheShihTzu You sound as if you are terribly busy. I know someone who does vivarium builds mostly for exotic frogs. She also does tank builds for businesses. She does not do maintenance, however. She advertised on FB and Craig's List. Apparently, once one is established, it can be lucrative. If the Gecko breeder does not do that sort of thing you could offer that service for his clients for a finder's fee?

Gary and I are fine. We, or rather I, added a new baby Shih Tzu. Her name is Fiona and she is giving Russell and Edward a run for their $$. Like Edward, she is black and white.

Let the Duckweed take over some tanks. I cannot physically do what it takes to get them up to par (scrubbing dried Duckweed off the glass) so selling. Already have the two new 20 long tanks and Betta waiting in the wings.

Still enjoying Moderating this Forum. So many nice people I have met; too many to list!

Gary is talking about retiring but who knows when? Had the Fifth Wheel trailer fixed so we could sell but now someone is waffling about whether he wants to do so or keep it. I am easy either way.

And that is my unexciting life. LOL
01-10-2019 07:38 PM
themamaj I have been on a nesting and purging spree over the holidays. We totally flipped all of the furniture in our bonus room to make a family area where everyone could watch tv or play video games. To accommodate, our lack of furniture I ended up moving my favorite chair out of the fish room. It is great that I have a lot more space in middle of room for maintenance and if I am showing animals for a foster job but I am missing my chair. I am too old for this floor sitting haha. I have pondered putting a small desk and chair so I could work in their. Maybe a multipurpose table I can fold up when not in use. (Maybe that will keep me adding more fish tanks on it) I have to have "Tiny House" mentality in the room to maximize space for the animals. Kindof a fun challenge though.

I got offered another side job prior to xmas. This would be working with a local gecko breeder with their business here in town. I took a tour of facilities this afternoon and talked more about hours and what roles he was interested in me helping with. I wasn't sure if I could take on another firm commitment but it sounds like I would have a lot of schedule flexibility and basically work as much or little as I wanted. He has expanded his business so much that him and his wife are a bit overwhelmed. We have some mutual interest and it might be a great learning opportunity for me. I wanted to think about it more but nice to have opportunities where I can control my schedule. As I mentioned prior, I have been doing animal fosters and helping families pick out animals and educate on care. I have done reptiles as well as fish. Actually my last fish client referred me to a business wanting to set up a fish tank for their office. That would be the first business so that would be a cool opportunity. I have also done bday parties, and branched into educational shows for the schools. I really love doing the school shows. Kids are sponges for information and I think if you introduce animals and their care at an early age, they will grow up respecting the animal and hopefully maybe inspire some future hobbyist. Right now I hope to work at my real job another year. That will give me 15 years so retirement might be an option then. A thought anyway. My favorite days are spending watching the animals and drinking coffee.

What about you guys? Love to hear what you did for the holidays and how your fish are doing. And thanks...glad to be back.
01-10-2019 05:22 PM
RussellTheShihTzu Am so glad you are alive and well!

Welcome back to the fold.
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