As I posted before, it is not good for the Anna to be alone, so my little tail pals have made a comeback. ♥
This time I made sure to run the aquarium for 5 weeks with start zyme before going to the pet store so that it could build a suitable environment.
I prepared myself for fish mortality, and had the clerk just give me a scoop of 7 fish instead of meticulously picking them out. (It makes it that much harder when they pass)
When I brought them home I realized that the fish were severely ill. The clerk had given me fish from the bottom of the tank instead of strong swimming ones, stating that they were just sedated. (gullible) Once home my new little buddies burrowed into the rock and laid in a pile. Only moving if food was in the water.
One fish would notice the food in the water and rouse the rest of the pile by nudging their tails. Once done eating, they would return to their pile. Because of the number and close bond, I dubbed them the seven dwarfs.
I got the ick treatment going right away but wasn’t seeing much improvement. Their fins were still clamped and torn and they would lethargically move around the tank. The Life Guard (all illness) tablets I usually treat my goldfish with weren’t sold at the pet supply stores I was visiting, so it took 5 days before I located them at Wal-Mart of all places. Once started there was an immediate improvement seen with the fish and they started moving around.
All the fish I had were fighters, and if I was able to start them with Life Guard from day one, I’m sure they would have all made it. I’ve lost three, the last one being a little half tail called Dopey right after I returned from Summer Camp. I pegged him from day one as not going to make it, but he exceeded expectations and lasted nearly 4 weeks, longer than two of his better finned brothers.
So I am now down to 4 beautiful, healthy and growing goldfish. They have been properly named MagiKarp (the johnny carp), Ethereal, Jack, and Captain Black-eye. 🙂
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…that it is not good for the Anna to be alone. So Anna purchased four goldfish from Petco and brought them home.
Introducing Dot, Stripe, Jayce and Finn. :3
Since my last goldfish were such a bland pale gold I decided I wanted something a little more flashy and decided on four red and whites. A big thank you to Devyn at Petco for patiently retrieving 4 specific goldfish out of a tank of 200+ and removing two that were “too white”. :3
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Both of my fish passed away unexpectedly a few days ago. It’s lonely not having my little scale pals around. I know its silly, but I would talk to them when I woke up, when I came home and whenever they made a fuss… I doted on them when they were ill and coaxed them back to health numerous times. Now the tank is silent and empty.
RIP Bubble and Squeak. I will miss you.
Was flipping through one of my old notebooks and found this little guy doodled on one of the pages! Just couldn’t resist coloring it!
Once upon a time I was addicted to Gaia Online. My favorite haunts were zOMG!, and Gaia Aquariums. Between those two the aquarium forum was the faster way to go for earning gold. People pay real money to stock their tank with fish and have to care for them every day to make their fish happy. Happiness is achieved by adding decorations to the aquarium, feeding them and making sure that the lighting,
and temperature are all to their liking.
There are incompatible fish and you can have fish instantly die when you add them.
Fish died as soon as I added it to the tank. WTC?
When the aquarium health is at 100% (this takes months to achieve btw) your fish will have multiple “glows” daily which allows others to play a gold drop game called Booty Grab. Whatever they earn off your tank you also receive a percentage payout.
Highest Captured Score
I loved playing Booty Grab and was determined to build an aquarium of my own that would net me a lot of gold without having to play constantly. Unfortunately, with all the changing rules, real money “invested” and massive time commitment for tank promotion, I never reached that goal. Although somewhat disappointing, I am glad that phase is over and that I have moved on to much more meaningful ventures.
Have you ever been a Gaian?
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