Posts tagged ‘fish’

Let this be a lesson to you all – if you have a fish tank, keep the KH up. And, if you forget and your KH keeps dropping, don’t do a 25% water change of RO water. Especially if you tank was running at about 8.5pH and the RO is (apparently) at 5pH.


  • 7 4 guppies
  • 4 glass catfish
  • 4 2 loaches
  • 2 Dwarf Gouramis
  • 1 male siamese fighting fish
  • 5 female siamese fighting fish
  • 3 2 Plecs
  • 6 glowlight tetras

Not the best of weeks…

Update Make that 1 guppy…

Dec 2009
Christmas Photos

I took my big camera with me to Christmas dinner. I got a new lens for Christmas. I took no photos.

These were the 27th, and the only photos I liked from a twenty minute session and nearly 60 photos…

I’d like to present a short play entitled “The day the food came”…

You can have as many ‘actors’ as you wish, however they fit into four roles: Big Fish; Little Fish; cardboard box; Shrimp; Live Food.

In the première, Big fish was played by Mollies and Platys; Little Fish was played by baby Mollies, baby Platys, Enders Guppies and some tetras; Shrimp were played by some, erm, shrimp; and Live Food was performed by by daphnies and brine shrimp…

Shrimp :
   “The food god is coming. We can feel his presence in the ground”.
BigFish & LittleFish :
   “Food? Food!”
Shrimp :
   “Be patient… the food god doesn’t only bring food. Sometimes he brings death or small ornaments.”
BigFish & LittleFish :
Shrimp :

Meanwhile, elsewhere…

LiveFood :
   “It’s got brighter. And warmer. We must be out of the fridge. Wake up guys. Wake up! Ergh – that’s not Bob, that’s an empty shell. Warming up, we’re warming up, we must be about to escape to the great oceans our great * X^87585 grandfathers told us about!”

Back in the tank…

BigFish & LittleFish :
Shrimp :
   “The ground moves again…”
BigFish & LittleFish :

LiveFood enter stage… top.

LiveFood :
   “We’re free!”
BigFish :
   “More mouths to feed? Damn.”
LittleFish :
   “Hello! Do you want to be friends?”
Shrimp :
   “Oo, these old shells are tasty…”
BigFish & LittleFish :
   “They’re edible? Omnomnomnomnomnomnomnomnom”
LiveFood :
BigFish & LittleFish :

BigFish & LittleFish :

BigFish & LittleFish :
   “Where’d all the food go?”
Shrimp :
   “Some say the Food God bringeth and he taketh away. Others think you’ve gutsed the lot.”

BigFish :
   “There must be something else to eat…?”
LittleFish :

Based on the guys at Wise Geek, I’ve just bought myself some clove oil and a bottle of Vodka…

Here are the steps for fish up to 3″ (7.6cm) in length:

1. Add tank water to a measuring cup or mixing bowl. Place the fish in the container [with] a dark towel around the cup to calm the fish.

2. Fill a small, clean pill bottle with tank water, leaving some room at the top. Put 1 drop of clove oil in the bottle, cap and shake vigorously. The clove oil must emulsify, turning the water milky white.

Gently pour about 1/4 of this emulsified mixture into the fish’s container. The fish will begin listing as it starts to fall asleep. Let the fish be for about 10 minutes. The fish should be resting on the bottom by then. It will look dead, but if you watch closely its gills will be breathing once every few seconds. If after 10 minutes the fish is still rising off the bottom swimming intermittently, retrieve the jar or bottle of emulsified clove oil, re-shake, and add the same dose to the fish’s container. Wait again.

3. Once the fish is asleep on the bottom, add 20-25% white grain alcohol. For example, if the fish is in 8oz (240ml) of water, add 2oz (60ml) of vodka. Let the fish stay there for at least 20 minutes.

4. Check the fish carefully after 20 minutes for any gill movement. If there is no gill movement over a 60 second period, the fish has expired.

May 2009
End of a life

I feel like such a complete and utter bastard.

I have a fish tank in my living room. It’s not small (180l / 40ImpGallons / 50USGallons ). It’s full of mollys, platys, plecos, tetras and shrimp. There’s a good number of plants and there are many more platys and mollys than there were because they keep shagging.

Except there’s now one less platy than before.

I knew that one of my mollys had a touch of fungus on one of his eyes, so I went out an bought myself a little 20l tank to use as a quarantine tank while I treat him. Fishing him out, I realised that one of my pregnant platys had little flecks of white on her sides and she wasn’t swimming right. Too many fish and too many hiding places I hadn’t noticed how bad it was.

7 hours later and its obvious that she’s not getting better. Worse than that, she’s now pointing downwards and showing no interest in swimming.

I should have been able to do the right thing. I should have been able to take a little sharp knife and knick the back of her neck. Instead, all I could do is fish her out and watch her suffocate in the open air.

I feel so empty.

What a wonderful Saturday…