Return of the Water Babies!!!

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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

The Lord God said…

…that it is not good for the Anna to be alone. So Anna purchased four goldfish from Petco and brought them home.

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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

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Gaia Aquariums

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Unhappy Fish

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,

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Lighting Settings

music

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Music Settings

and temperature are all to their liking.

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Temperature Settings

There are incompatible fish and you can have fish instantly die when you add them.

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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.

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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?

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Moving Day!

I have two goldfish, comets to be exact, and their names are Bubble and Squeak. I adopted them from my younger brother who had too many fish in his aquarium. 

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2012: Bubble and Squeak – fresh outta the tank.

The fish have grown a lot since they came to live with me on June 17, 2012.

If you have ever had fish, you know the water/fish ratio. 1 inch of fish to a gallon of water and if you have “dirty” fish such as goldfish who produce an excessive amount of ammonia, they need even more water. Why is this a bad thing? When there is too much ammonia in the water the fish get stressed and their immunity goes down. When their immunity goes down they develop ick or other illnesses. The fish become lethargic, develop white spots and aren’t very interested in food. If treated right away, the fish will survive. And my comets do – I am a rather doting and caring “fish mom”. If they are acting weird I will even mention it to my brother! XD

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The “Fish Altar” jk

Why am I bringing this up? Bubble and Squeak currently reside in a 3.4 gallon tank which is the same tank that they have lived in since they moved here. Over the last few months I have had to treat them for ick several times. A few days ago I finally thought about it because these guys caught it again. That’s when I pulled out the ruler…

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I don’t think Bubble would fit in that mason jar now lol

Bubble measured in at 3 inches and Squeak at nearly 2! Too much fish for too little water. D’oh! When I pulled the carbon filter out of the tank and added the ick treatment I decided that it was time to give the fishes a new home. So once again I trekked to Meijers…

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Tetra 10 gallon starter tank, colorful plants, a background, and black rocks. :3

…and picked up a tank and some extras. owo

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Applying the background…

After rinsing everything off, I put on the background quite shoddily. Someone online said to use double sided tape which I bought – yet was unable to find in my room. So I used packing tape instead. 0:3

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Size difference is astounding! 10 gallon on the left 3.4 gallon on the right

(Please excuse my messy room, I live in it.)

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adding artificial plants

Getting the colorful plants set in place.

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Fishes in their new home! The water is blue due to their ick medication

Added water and fish! Bubble and Squeak are exploring their surroundings. Time to install the LEDs…

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10 gallon tank complete with lighting!

Voila! My fish have room to grow and play! Get well soon my little water babies!

Thanks for reading,

-Anna San