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Agent Winstead is A Fat Bastard

Two weeks ago, I received a shipment of blackworms. I had gotten them because I have two bumblebee gobies that refuse to eat flakes or pellets or anything freeze-dried. They will only eat frozen foods or live foods.

I’d gotten blackworms because I read that they were easy to culture. I had kept about half an ounce once to feed my betta, but I didn’t really try to breed them. They only lasted about a week before the betta ate them all. But since the betta would eat pellets, live foods were just tasty tasty treats.

So I ordered these blackworms to fees the gobies. Chris doesn’t like the idea of frozen bloodworms in the freezer. He finds them creepy.

So my shipment came in a big plastic bag. What I didn’t realize was how much the worms would stink. And I do mean like a train station public toilet stank. Everyone on the internet said that the worms don’t stink if they’re healthy.

Well, guess these weren’t. But since I had spent some money on them, I decided to try keeping them. I figured it might have something to do with where they were kept and what they were fed before it got to me. So I kept them in five separate containers. I bought a lot more worms than I would ever need. One container died. I have no idea why. But the rest of them were alive and fine. And continue to be fine.

As time went on, they started to stink less and less. Turns out, I was right. I don’t want to think about what they were kept in and what they were fed. I am hoping that once they fully purge themselves of whatever they were eating or living in, they will either smell earthy or not at all. My previous batch didn’t smell at all.

I have also started feeding them to the fish. Since the betta lives alone in the 10 gallon, some of the worms have survived being eaten.

They seem to live happily in the 10 gallon. But the result is that our betta, which we have named Agent Winstead, constantly has a full, big, fat, stomach. It’s always distended like he has gorged himself with goodies.

Then again, Agent Winstead was always a big fatty. He has a nice sized fat deposit on his tail should I forget to feed him for several weeks (which is not likely. I see him every day.)

I gotta stop feeding him for at least another few days until I’m sure his bowels are working properly. It’s a sad vision to see a constipated betta. They like to eyeball you and blame you for all the ills they’ve encountered.

P.S. Two buckets of the worms died yesterday for no apparant reason. I have whatever is left in the tanks along with one container (which I have left outside in case they kick the bucket too. I don’t need that smell in the house).

I suspect it has something to do with the water I used to clean the one’s in the culture bucket. But since it’s the same water I’ve been using to clean them out for the last two weeks, I can’t seem to figure out why they died. But I have to tell you that they stink to high heaven when they’re dead. So I won’t be getting any more. I’m going to try to grow daphnia again. That is, if I can figure out a way to grow green water. Yet another experiment for Ling.

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal

2011 July

You thought I Forgot…

Didn’t you!? But I didn’t! Here’s an update of all the tanks.

Here’s the 5 gallon.

Here it was on the 20th

Here it is today

As you can see, there aren’t many changes. It’s not a high light tank, so the plants won’t grow quickly. And it’s easy maintenance.

The shrimp are coloring up quite nicely. These are female shrimp. You can tell because there’s that white spot? That’s where all the eggs are. When a shrimp has that the peeps in the industry call that saddled. The reason why is that if you were like a teeny weeny little human and you rode that shrimp, that’s where the saddle would be. So they say. They’re about teenagers now, so if there’s a viable male, they will try to make. Right now, all the males are pre-pubescent, so no sex yet.

Here’s the 10 gallon.


Why is the tank all murky, you ask? Well, it’s not because I dosed iron and phosphates at the same time. oh no, it’s because I decided to scrape the algae right before I took this photo. I tell you what, I’m developing one mean algae scraping arm! I dialed down the photoperiod to 8 hours. I’m in the office between 8-10 hours a week, so I wanted to keep the lights on when I was there, but I think that’s just too long and algae was growing on some of the plants.

And here’s the 20 gallon.

This is from the 19th

All the plants finally came and this is the final look of the tank. I just have to wait for it to grow in a big. The fertilization schedule is a little off. I’ve ordered a couple of testing kits to help me with it. Most of the plants need a high phosphate count and also iron. I can’t tell if I’m putting enough of each because some of the plants aren’t staying as red as when I first got them. They’re getting paler and some are reverting to a green shade. And still others are looking like they’re having nitrogen deficiencies. Last time I checked, it was about 10ppm, but when I checked two days ago, it was 0. So, I definitely need more fertilization in there. This is the first tank that’s got really high demanding plants, so this is a learning experience for sure.

Also, I discovered 3 baby platys that are about 3 weeks old, and 2 new babies about 1 week old. Umm…I need to get some hunter fish. I can’t have these things replicating so quickly.

But wait! What is this?!

It’s a new tank for the betta. I was noticing that his tail was a little shorter than I remembered it. I have a feeling that the bumblebee gobies were taking a bite out of it. But just the lower portions. I imagine that the gobies think that the wiggling tail looks like food. They are a “wait until something wiggles by” type of eater. So I think that’s what’s happening. So I got a 5.5 gallon for the betta. Right now, he’s in there by himself. It looks funny, I know, but I promise you, there’s big plans for it. I’m hoping that I can get it looking like I imagined it. And the tank is made up of old stuff, from the filter to the gravel and the ornaments, they’re leftover from other tanks. So it was cheap to set up.

This will be a low maintenance tank. No light, no CO2. Just whatever comes from the window. It’ll be the complete opposite of the 20 gallon! I bet you can’t wait for the updates next week. Oh, yeah. Exciting.

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal