Thanks for help on ball. My son worked things out so he can keep him so I am glad. Now I can limit my stress to one animal this week. First shipped reptile will be as nerve wracking as first shipped fish!
Not sure how far you are from Ashville but got an email about Repticon April 21 and 22. Sounded intriguing. I might have to start venturing out to some shows in different states. Now that I have a lot of my animals in place, I would like to spend more time at seminars and seeing some new species that might not be at our shows.
I believe its about 4 hours away. A nice day trip. We have gone to the Biltmore Estate there before for 1 day and it wasn't bad. It would be pretty cool to meet up! I've also always wanted to go to a show in SC. Especially the one in Columbia. If I'm not mistaken they sell venomous reptiles there. Not that I would buy one, but it would be cool to see some of them in person.
I've got some AMAZING news to share with y'all this week, but before I tell y'all that I would like to explain the first photo that you will notice in my post. If you notice the giant bunny, yes that was me. :laugh: I volunteered to be the Easter bunny at my store. It was a blast and loved taking pictures with the dogs and kids that showed up. In this picture I was holding one of our guinea pigs.
Now the amazing news. I got offered a full time job at an animal hospital! I am super excited to start this new chapter! :grin2: I'll currently be doing receptionist work, but I will be training to do vet tech stuff too. So super excited about it, in case you couldn't tell :wink:
I decided to condense down my tanks, and I took down the 20H today. I didn't completely empty it, that is something that I still need to do, but I put the cherry barbs into the 46G and Summer is currently in the breeding box.
I noticed Minnie is having trouble swimming. She is mostly swimming vertically even in completely still water. Not too sure what is happening with her. She isn't having any bloating issues or anything either...
I lost one of my cardinal tetras this week too. It seemed the others started to pick on him, and it finally got him.
Reptiles are doing good. I need to contact the seller about the snake rack and see what is going on with that.
I thought I had a name for the tegu gal, but Indie just isn't sticking so back to the trying to figure that out. If you have any suggestions please let me know!
:grin2: Easter Bunny. How fun. I got to do a rabbit costume for our Children's Hospital one year which was fun but how FUN with animals!!! Oh I am so excited for you for your new job! That will be perfect for you and to be training for a vet tech too. When I was working as an intern at the hospital while going to school, the nurses would always come get me to watch a cool procedure. I bet the vet will do the same for you if they know you are really interested in learning. Just by being there opens up cool opportunities and then it really helps the transition of stepping into a more medical job later. That is so awesome. Way to go!
I love your tegu. What do their scales feel like? Are they fairly smooth feeling? Tegus look like they have so much personality and I love the little jawls they have. It is always hard settling on a name too.
Yes being the Easter Bunny was super fun! Loved every minute of it~
Thank you! :smile: Today was my first day, and it was fantastic. A lot to learn, but I'm ready and can't wait to see what opportunities present themselves for me at this job.
Yes her scales are smooth. Only a couple of them on the top of her head are a little ruff. She has TONS of personality. She has really associated me with food and jumps/climbs on me because that means she'll get feed. She is super adorable~ I definitely can't wait till she is older so I can let her out to follow me around, and hang out.
Working at the vet office has been going good. There is A LOT to learn. Just trying to take it one day at a time.
This week was also my last week working at the pet store, and I'm so glad that is over! I haven't talked about this much, but it has been a nightmare working up there and I've just been done with that job.
Had a little bit of sad news this morning. I noticed Summer at the bottom of the tank hanging out in the plants, but didn't think anything of it. When I went to do a water change I noticed he was still in the same spot. After taking a closer look I noticed that he had passed away. Not sure why though. He's been eating perfect, and being his normal self.
SIP Summer 2017-2018 :sad:
Everyone else is doing good. Minnie is still having swimming issues, but eating perfectly fine. I'm going to try and take pictures of the tanks this week to share with y'all next weekend so y'all can see the two "new" boys that I haven't shared yet, and so y'all can see the 20L that I did.
The reptiles are doing good. I think I have a name for the tegu girl, but I just want to make sure it sticks so I'm going to try and keep calling her it. Hopefully it sticks!
So I totally forgot to take pictures of the fish tanks this week like I said I would...Sorry! Instead though I have pictures of the boys, and some random photos of nature.
Tanks are doing good. I'm battling some green slime algae in the 20L. It isn't in every section, but just two of them. I've been slacking on doing water changes on the 46G. I have a python hose that I use on that tank, but I've managed to clog the sink that it hooks up too So now I need to call someone to come fix it. I noticed that now that the weather is warming up, two of my goldfish are trying to breed. I doubt I'll have eggs because they will probably eat them, but it is still cool to watch. Speaking of goldfish too, I'm slowly looking into adding plants into my goldfish tub outside. I haven't narrowed down species yet, but I have an idea of what I would like to do.
Reptiles are doing good. My snake rack was suppose to ship out this week, but it didn't. I'm going to have to call the company again and see what is going on. Both Atticus, and my tegu girl have been begging for attention all week. If you let one out the other wants out too :laugh: Oh and speaking of the little tegu! I officially have a name for her now! It has been a nickname I've been calling her so I decided to go with it. Her name is Momo, which means peach in japanese (I've been calling her peach).
Also a funny story from my week. Yesterday I had to work, and they decided to send me to go get lunch. So I hopped in my car and left. When I got to the place to pick it up, the guy asked if it was ok to put it in the back. I told him, "yeah." Next thing I know I hear, "umm...somethings wrong with your door." I got out to find that one of the back door's latches wouldn't latch any more, this car has been recalled for that but we are on a wait list to get it fixed. The guy was flipping out! I told him not to panic that it wasn't his fault. And long story short I got to go home early because the car door wouldn't shut :laugh:
*The rose bush you'll see in the photos is probably about 12-15 ft high.
Sorry I haven't posted in like a month. Life kind of got in the way of things. :/
I'm going to break my post into two parts so it is easier to follow.
First up is work. Where to begin...So after working there a month now, I gave my two weeks. Yup you read that right! After being there I realized that this job is not for me. They kept pulling one thing after another, and I got to my breaking point. One of the things that they tried to pull was, I was suppose to show up to help do kennels on a Sunday. After agreeing to meet with one of the other employees, I showed up at the time agreed to find that they weren't there. I waited around for 20 min. and still no one showed. After going back to work later that week I got blamed for not showing up. When I told them what happened, I got an excuse that no one had my number including the Manager; which just seems sketchy to me. On top of a few other things, they have been working me like crazy. A normal day for me is working 11+ hour days, which by the way this isn't an emergency vet either. Most of the time the other receptionist gets more days off than me, and gets to go home early. Since I've been working that I get to see very little of my pets. There have been days in a row where I don't even get to see my horses. And just around it has been a horrible experience.
As to what I'm going to do next is still up in the air, but I'm hoping positive things will come my way. *fingers crossed*
We are going to skip fish in this post, because the next one will be centered around them.
The reptiles have been doing good. I really have an itch to make Sophie's and Bean's enclosures better, but that of course will have to wait. Plus if I get any supplies I'll have to wait for Repticon so it is easier to obtain stuff.
Sunny has shed for me twice now, and he is definitely growing. I love that little bugger, because he has such a wonderful personality~
Sebastian is about to go into shed too. I pulled him out the other day, and much to my surprise he didn't get all mean on me :laugh: I'm hoping he will calm down with age, because blood pythons are such beautiful snakes.
Momo has been growing like a weed! However the past week she hasn't been eating as much. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact we turned on the A/C and it gets a little colder on her. She is still rearing to get out of her cage all the time though so that is a good thing.
Atticus discovered her, Momo, the other day. Atticus had to get out of her cage so I let her roam. While she was doing that I had Momo out to feed her. Atticus was suspicious as to what I was doing on the floor. At that time Momo decided to pop out from in front of me, and Atticus went full flair! Scared poor baby Momo :laugh:
These reptiles have so much personality!
The pictures are of random flowers, and Momo. The betta I will discuss in the other post, I forgot I uploaded him here...
Ok so a quick explanation on the betta in the previous post. I couldn't go without a betta in the 46G so I decided to head over to Petsmart to get one. Most of them looked horrible. There were a couple with brown algae in the bottom of their cups, like they haven't been cleaned in ages. A lot were pretty poor looking. I spotted this guy, who instantly started "talking" to me. He didn't look too shabby; just some clamped fins. I even named him Elton. He ate for me for about two days. Then I worked an extremely long day at work, which I didn't bother to check on him because I figured he was fine. The next morning I checked in on him, which I should probably mention that this whole time he was in quarantine, just to find that he had passed away. :sad: I took him back to Petsmart to get my refund, and decided to head over to Walmart, which their fish were in fantastic shape! No dead fish, no algae, spot less tanks, betta cups weren't over filled so they couldn't breath, and no cups were filled with pellets. I picked up a handsome boy from there. He is purple/blue with red wash in his fins. His name is Elliot, and I don't have pictures of him yet to share >.<
The other pictures are of the individual betta slots in the 20L. The two new boys that you will see are Hawk, the halfmoon (the coloring in his fins remind me of feathers), and Red, the blue dumbo (yes I named a blue betta red).
And more note before you look at pictures, two of my goldfish have been breeding like crazy! :shock: So maybe I'll get babies?
Somewhat humorous that Walmart had the healthier fish. Glad to hear that though and new boy is beautiful as are all of your tanks! I love hearing about your reptiles. Could just imagine what was going through Momo and Atticus's minds. Looks like you had some good snake sheds too! Sorry things didn't work out with the job. It doesn't sound like that was a good situation. I am glad you have more time with your animals right now and I know the right thing will come up for you.
Thanks Mama J! I was kind of surprised with Walmart, but then I wasn't because I've bought quite a lot of bettas from them and they have all lived quite long and healthy lives. In fact the first Goober came from them. Just glad to see they were keeping up with things.
Yes those two girls are hilarious! I in-fact had Atticus out the other day on my back, her favorite place to hang out, and she was puzzled with my Mom walking around me :laugh:
Thanks! I'm hoping something better will come along. I hate that it didn't work out, but it definitely isn't for me. :/
Well...I'm officially unemployed now. I've been taking a lot of my time to finish projects around the house that I've been meaning to get done, but haven't yet.
I got my snake rack completed, and everyone has been enjoying their new set ups.
I've still been having to work with Momo on getting her to eat. Not too sure what her deal is. :/ Her attitude reminds me of when Atticus was younger, and she just went of food for a couple of weeks, then started eating on her own again. Other than that she is a happy little tegu. Constantly wanting to get out and explore, and is definitely taming down to the fact that she'll curl up on me to sleep. I also weighed her today and she has gained a total of 10g since last month! :shock:
Everyone is has been doing great.
I've been having some trouble in the 46G. I noticed it right before I put Elliot in there, but haven't seen it pop back up till this week. I've been having one random rasabora come down with scrapes on their side then tattered fins, along with swimming radically. Not too sure what is going on, and it will only affect one fish. Tested my water and parameters are fine. I started treatment with General Cure today, and I have my fingers crossed that it will clear things up.
Yesterday when my Dad and I were coming back from the horse pasture I spotted an Eastern Rat Snake. I was super excited to see him/her. It was probably around the 4-5ft range in length too. My Dad held if off from wondering while I ran inside to grab my camera. I only got two photos of it outside before it went under the shed, that's were the other photos were taken.