Friday, January 25, 2013

Guppy trouble...

Hola, been a little while.

So current events in my tanks.
My platys, pleco, and gourami are crazy tough, and are currently living through my guppy issues.  The issues with my guppies are that they keep dying.  First Amberlyn died the day after I got her, she was going to give birth within a week I thought.  Then Damon disappeared, and I later find him in the filter intake (with an eyeball hanging out *gags*).  Then today Velvet, and Finn both disappeared! Guess where I found them... Finn was inside the intake, while Velvet was attached to the side.  After a water test I found really high nitrates, which I'll be bringing down with a big water change on Sunday.  That's probably why the males died, though the fact that they both ended up in the filter intake in the same place is weird.  The females may have died for the same reason, but with Velvet something else may have also happened.  Two weeks ago I thought she'd be giving birth any day (I've been right with all the others!) but she just kept getting bigger.  Today her stomach was literally starting to burst open, as if she held the fry too long, and they got too big.  So I''m not sure what's going on with my guppies! I hope the two today were the last two for a while...

Damien is doing very well in his new tank.  He has a few missing scales since I moved him, but on Sunday I'll do water changes in both tanks, hopefully fresh water will help him heal up faster.  He's also got algae on his beautiful sand... I'm thinking about some shrimp friends?

Other than that nothing going on in my tanks.  I did get two mice a little over a month ago, and one of the killed the other late last Tuesday night.  :( R.I.P. Ren...

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Damien's upgrade! (LOTS OF PICTURES)

Hi there! 

Today I took a trip to the pet store to buy sand, and plants for Damien Shadowe's tank upgrade to the 6.6 gallon.  All the pictures have tons of bubbles because I took them right after I finished filling it up, and adding Damien!

I got a beautiful sand color.  It's more white than it looks in this picture.  Because of the pale color it goes really nicely with all the blue decorations! Like this archway.  The lighting also helps with that.

I've seen this statue a few times, and I've wanted to get it for a while.  It says "No Fishing", my favorite animals are sharks, and my favorite aquarium fish are Bettas (which is the reason behind my fish forums username Betta_Shark5678) so why not have them both in one tank?  Sort of anyway.  Also blue, I didn't notice the blue thing until I finished setting up the tank.  Damien is black, and blue though, so it's perfect!

These are my Cryptocornye Wendtii green plants, and a pile of polished blue stones.  Another thing in my blue theme.  I wanted red Wendtii, but the pet store only sells green.  It goes better anyways.

This is the other side of the tank.  Java fern is on the rock in the left corner, and the plants in the middle of the picture are Water Wisteria.

This is a piece of wood I originally was going to put in my big tank.  I have three pieces I'm going to put in a little tipi over the amazon swords, then one longer piece in the sand on one side, and on the rocks on the other.  This was an extra piece, and I didn't know what to do with it, so I decided to use it in Damien's tank.

Here's Damien when he first got in his tank.  He's swimming away from the picture... You can't see them, but there are rips in his fins, and under the (annoying) lighting in his old tank I couldn't see the rips until a few days ago! Luckily I got a gift card for a pet store for Christmas that I hadn't spent yet.

Anyways, maybe I'll enter the fish forum's Tank of the Month contest with this tank when the plants grow a little! :)