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I'm so glad Hershey is with you and doing well! The store policies do suck. Maybe they can amend them with this outcome. :)

Spongy looks great! It's so good you're teaching your grandson about bettas. I was telling my coworker about my goldie problem and she was all "they only get as big as the tank they're in." I told her that was untrue and to Google it lol.
 

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She's alive.... haha Yes it is has been way too long since I have posted and Linda thanks so much for checking on me. I greatly appreciate it. Sorry to be absent for so long. Between managing family, work, extra jobs and and animals I guess I got pretty busy :)



As for animals, I have downsized my fish quite a bit since my love for reptiles has expanded but currently have 7 betta tanks.

Penny is my little koi betta. She is such a cutie pie! Black and white with such a flirty personality. She was a rescue I picked up at a lps. Stinking store didn't even know she was a girl. She has a deformity in her spine and was struggling at the store. I brought her home and put her in a 10 gallon and she has thrived. She has trouble swimming level because of spine issue but she gets around fine. She does have to rest more often than most but I love her in spite of the issues. She has some brass tetra friends in her tank. They are pretty fun to watch at feeding time. Penny has no trouble being in the middle of the pack making sure she gets her food! Funny enough, Penny is actually named after my grandparent's dog they had when I was little. Their Penny was a black and white fox terrier that I absolutely adored. When I saw this little black and white koi, Penny was first name that came to mind ;)

Freedom is one of my oldest bettas. I think he is about 2.5 now? He is a Walmart fish I got after Chance passed. I call him my surprise fish because he was turquoise when I got him and then turned beautiful hues of purple after he came home. His color has dulled now that older but still such a sweetheart. I noticed this past month that he has developed tumors on his side. So far they have not hindered him but I hate it none the less. He is a happy boy and loves to twist and turn those beautiful fins. He lives in a 2.5 fluval with my original nerite snail I got for Chance.

Spongy is my grandson's fish. He is Freedom's buddy. Freedom keeps Spongy busy which is good because he is one of my biters. He is a lovely multi veil tail. Grandson had taken an interest in bettas so one day when we were in the pet store and he asked for his own fish I couldn't get to the register fast enough. haha. Grandson has learned how to vacuum tank and has enjoyed designing substrate and decor.

Bama is my red halfmoon. He is so gorgeous. He is one of my eye candy fish. His tank is a 5.5. I love to watch him swim through the tank and of course flares are amazing!

James is my orange dalmation veil tail. He is also a Walmart boy but I just loved his pattern. I guess you can say I have a weakness for beautiful veil tails. I know they are a common variety of bettas but their fins look like ribbons flowing through the tank. So pretty! He has a cardinal tetra buddy. The lone tetra. My others have died off. I have tried a couple of times to add to the school but both times, I have had issues. I have really wondered if our local aquarium store is getting them from a new source. So weird because I had cardinals and neons for years with no issues. Last two times I have bought them, I have had mass die offs. I am kindof gun shy on getting any more because James and his buddy are healthy and happy. Don't rock the boat!

Titan is another one of my old guys. He is a gorgeous blue halfmoon with some red and white on him. He is in one of my 10 gallon community tanks with cory cat buddies and a lot of malasian trumpet snails. Titan is such a big boy. I bet he has some king genes. Linda he has always reminded me of some of your gorgeous halfmoons.

Shadow is my newest boy. He is a platinium dragon scale and is a wow! One of my side jobs I have started doing is fostering animals and helping people pick out fish, set up and design planted tanks, etc. I had a really fun opportunity over xmas to do a betta tank. They gave me a great budget and really wanted to set things up right. So refreshing!!!! Anyway, while I was looking for their fish, I found Shadow. I love the contrast of the black and white and love the spunky attitude of plakats. He is so fun to watch flare. I will take you down you intruder mirror. So funny. He has this great black beard too. Of course the only problem shopping for other people's fish is that I find thing I like lol. Shadow was a great find.



So that is some big fish updates for you. All of the reptiles are doing well.

Bearded dragons - Chomper and Littlefoot
Crested geckos- Echo- choc and cream, Pongo-dalmation, Tigger-brindle tiger, Milo-tricolor
Gargoyle geckos- Snickers- brown and red striped, Skylyn- white and yellow reticulated
Pacman frogs- Pixel- green, Oscar- strawberry albino
Tomato frog- Bob

Emerald Swift lizard- Emma
Leopard geckos- Sofie- mack snow, Tango- albino
Steppe Runner lizard- Cheerio
Red eyed crocodile skink- Spyro
Snakes- Bear-kenyan sand boa, Hershey- normal ball python, Candy Corn- albino corn
Jackson chameleon- Jack
Bumblebee millipede- Buzz
Hamster- Pepper-winter white dwarf hamster
Axolotl- Koda- wild type

Dog- Raya- doberman
Cats- Oreo and Zoe
and a partridge in a pear tree lol. Just kidding!


It is a full house but I love them all. I have an all my animals video on my you tube channel if interested. You can find me pretty easy searching for mama j. Instagram is mj_journals and I post a bunch on their as well. I guess that is the big update for now. I hope you all are doing well and look forward to catching up on the website.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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Just put out a new video you all might like. A day in the life of water changes :)
 

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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.
 

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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. :)
 

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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?
 

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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.
 
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