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Joanne Joanne
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  • Posted on: 22/2/2013 16:32
Re: We need to talk about George - Ignorance hasn't been bliss. #1
The seller of the tank with the six single tails in there has responded and said the fish are included but I could give them away and keep the tank.

I don't need the added pain of trying to rehome them, grr. Oh well.

Ickle, I've already contacted a few places locally to see if they could take George and they've said they're not taking any fish from the public at the time being (Well, they said that in January.

The ebay hunt goes on.


Joanne Joanne
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  • Posted on: 22/2/2013 13:13
Re: We need to talk about George - Ignorance hasn't been bliss. #2
Ickle, I had my eye on the second tank too but I'm not at all interested in taking on any more pets - so I'm going to drop the owner a message to ask if he's keeping the fish because I don't want to take them on.

fishlady: Yup, tropicals are not on my list of wants,nursing one single tail back to health is hard enough.

Thanks for the links Ickle! :)


Joanne Joanne
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  • Posted on: 22/2/2013 1:10
Re: We need to talk about George - Ignorance hasn't been bliss. #3
Oh, thanks for the heads up about that TK, I wasn't aware. My hands seem fine but I have had a break out on my face recently. I put that down to winter weather though as I don't feed the pets with my face lol


Joanne Joanne
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  • Posted on: 21/2/2013 23:17
Re: We need to talk about George - Ignorance hasn't been bliss. #4
@Silverfish: I think I'll be doing away with my 1930's glass display cabinet (which I currently store my high heels in, it look glam as anything but rather unnecessary) That'll free up 3ft, rejiggle the furniture and remove the floor to ceiling cat-tree and I think I'll be on to a winner then. It's possible to fit a tank in here for sure, but letting go of some favored bits is the toughy. Needs must.

@Violet - I really do! In fact I'd go so far as to say it's ruddy criminal that petshops sell commons as pets which only need a bowl to thrive. George's tail is still on the mend and she's still hard work to keep clean but so far so good.

The really useful box would for sure give some more space for her to spread her fins, but I think that trying to modify the lid to take the lights could end up either with me being electrocuted or george... or the cats! Still keeping my eyes peeled for a tank on gumtree/ebay. The tank she's in at the moment is 2/2.5ft 56L I think which I know is way too small, it will be getting replaced as soon as I can figure out where to find the money. Brand new 4/5ft tanks are crazy expensive :'(

@gtxxx: Thanks :) I've been trying as best I can to get her into some kind of good health after spending the first ten years of her live in a dinner plate size bowl. And my gosh, she's making up for lost time now!

@Tknoxx: I'm feeding Hikari Oranda Gold (used to pre soak them before feeding but she went right off the pre soaked ones and started wolfing down the dry), a couple of pinches of dried bloodworm twice a week, same with dried daphi ... and whatever plants I put in there too :p

I do my best not to overfeed her, going so far as now and then cutting her feeds to once a day to keep an eye on her weight and encourage hoovering gravel rather than begging every time I walk past. She watches me plating up dinner and goes bonkers at the glass wanting fed almost constantly - I've grown a grubber!


Joanne Joanne
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  • Posted on: 18/2/2013 14:17
Re: We need to talk about George - Ignorance hasn't been bliss. #5
@Kev - I'm keeping my eye out for a 5ft tank in the mean time.


Joanne Joanne
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  • Posted on: 18/2/2013 13:55
Re: We need to talk about George - Ignorance hasn't been bliss. #6
Hello again :)

Yep a bigger tank is still on the to purchase list. I think I'll need to relocate George to maybe living on the kitchen floor once I get it for a while because I can't figure out where else a larger tank could be placed in the house. I'll work it out though.

It's so funny the way she goes nuts when anyone enters the kitchen and she sidles up to the glass and just floats there when my black cat is sitting beside her. So cute :) x


Joanne Joanne
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  • Posted on: 18/2/2013 13:03
Re: We need to talk about George - Ignorance hasn't been bliss. #7
Long time no post, happy new year everyone!

Just thought to pop in and give you an update on George. She's doing good and I'm sure you'll see a change in her before and after rehoming pictures.


Where things are at the moment, well, she devours her plants upon sight and loves dragging them around the tank. Moss balls don't get a chance to make it past a couple of days in one piece. She's grown a lot and subsequently I'm still looking to rehome her to someone else who can give her the space she needs to flourish further still.

Her tail has regrown somewhat and my gosh she's beefed up. Add to that she's got a funny companionship going with my black cat I'd say she's far happier than when I first came running to you all for advice. I can't thank you all enough for that x

George, when I took her in September last year:
http://picturepush.com/public/9890400
http://picturepush.com/public/9890420
http://picturepush.com/public/9890434


George now (forgive the water, I'd just done a partial change and was running the battery gravel vac when I took these):
http://picturepush.com/public/12216414
http://picturepush.com/public/12216433
http://picturepush.com/public/12216438
http://picturepush.com/public/12216445
http://picturepush.com/public/12216453


Joanne Joanne
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  • Posted on: 18/10/2012 14:19
Re: He's not eating/can't eat :( #8
Test before changing the water today (though I need to get this done soon.

NA - 0
NI - 0
AM - 2ppm
PH - 6.0ppm

Tap water ph - 6.6-6.8ppm

I've got some water sitting out for testing at 3pm tomorrow

Need to go waterchange now. x


Joanne Joanne
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  • Posted on: 18/10/2012 12:35
Re: He's not eating/can't eat :( #9
I'll do another water test using the API freshwater master test kit and post the results once I've done a water change. Results have changed since monday where previously his PH was at 6.6 but now it seems somewhere around 6.0/6.1 as it's a super pale green verging on yellow.

Can't say I know off hand the tap ph, I have testing strips for that but find them pretty hard to read.

x


Joanne Joanne
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  • Posted on: 18/10/2012 12:01
He's not eating/can't eat :( #10
Yep me again, calling on your collective advice once more.

I've just gotten over a detritus worm infestation with lots of water changes and intense cleaning and now I'm up against another problem.

As some of you know George went into an uncycled tank which is still showing NA&NI at 0 but today after testing the water the PH has dropped off and the ammonia has piqued.

Yesterday early morning he wasn't going mad at the corner of the tank for his first feed like he usually would, he was looking rather sorry for himself at the back corner of the tank, almost hiding in his plants. He seemed to be yawning a lot compared to having a yawn in the late evening around about when I turn his light off for the day.

So I pre soaked some food and fed him. Nothing, no interest. Then I splashed the water a little to get his attention and he was swimming up to the food looking at it and half heartedly opening his mouth but not taking any. I tried him with some daphi, thinking if he looks through the gravel for food he'll hoover those up. Nope, he's not pooped. What he has passed since then is like poop casing with nothing inside.

Today again I fed him, but now he's sucking it into his mouth and instantly spitting it out, no chewing - nothing, then he swims away from the food back to the plants.


:( Is this a ph related issue? I've no idea why it's dropped so low unless the 50% changes were something to do with it because of the need to get rid of the worms. using seachem prime for the water too.

Any ideas? Kinda worried he's got a stone in his mouth or he's going to starve to death :(



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