Well hello Ladies and Gentlefish,
Long time no write!
I am no longer sick, some changes have been had, and Wisp (now Jazz) showed up a-ok and now he is happy in his little home.
First off, he is quite the ham.
When he arrived at my house I was away at the office. Working
. Fortunately, my husband was home and working in the garage so he was there when the post man showed up. I had given him specific instructions to text me pictures, and if he was dead I needed proof so I could email the seller on aquabid. I had also sent him a small novel in the form of a text message, with more specifics on how to acclimate the fish and introduce him to the tank.
I get nothing but asinine texts for the better part of an hour after the fish shows up. Which obviously means that the fish is ok, but I want proof.
Cold hard proof.
He said he was cold so he boiled some water to warm him up.
My husband said that Wisp (at this point still his name) looked thirsty, so he sent me a picture of him in a whiskey tumbler. (He was still in the bag and in the process of being transferred to the tank, so no one get your panties in a knot)
After some begging, a screened phone call or… four, I finally get some pictures of my little munchkin in his tank.
And while they were terrible quality, he was alive.
All is right with the world.
Now this boy, is all about volume when it comes to bubble nests.
He likes them long:
And he likes them big (so not dirty, get your minds out of the gutters)
But he is also lazy at times, and blows them from his leaf.
Look at him:
And the more I look:
The more I realize:
This is not the same fish I ordered of aquadbid.
Well. It seems to be the same quality, and most of my money into this fish was in the shipping. But still, I was a little sad. But this dude is so full of spunk it’s really not that big of a deal. I have also since found a local breeder, so I doubt that I will ever buy off of aquabid again. (She says, as she thinks about logging on just to take a look
ALSO, SIDE NOTE FOR MY FELLOW CANADIANS, (if you are not Canadian, please adjust your babel fish frequency to read the following message)
Shipping is hella expensive. Like. Hella. Unless you live in Ontario. For those of us on the west coast, please be advised that shipping will run you $65+ AND THEN there is the import fee, box fee and if it’s cold out, hot pack fee.
Since this tank is on my desk on my husband’s side of the room, he has actually taken a bit of an interest in them. I fawn all over my fish when I get home (my poor, poor dog) so often if he wants to talk to me about something he has to come interrupt while I am meditating with my fish.
Anyhow, my husband noticed that because Wisp is a dumbo betta, when he is still in the water, and flaps his fins… it looks like he is wearing gloves… and… doing Jazz Hands.
So, everyone, meet my new betta Jazz (Hands). I’m obviously super impressed.
I actually quite enjoy this tank. It’s a great size, I have two boys to look at, and it’s green and wonderful.
I bought sponge filters months ago that have still not shown up, and contacted the seller (I just have the best luck) and they said they would give me a refund. In the interim I was using that god awful elite min filter that I said I would never use again because it was awful. It’s still awful.
So after I contacted the seller, I purchased a couple of sponge filters off of amazon that could be overnighted.
Always read the product descriptions folks.
Turns out they were bloody HUGE
. Like, 5"L x 1.8"W x 5.5" H.
Enter my husband yet again, to save the day, as I wail in despair behind his head while he sits peacefully on the couch.
Because the intake and outflow tube on the sponge filter were plastic, I could just cut the length of it so it would fit in the tank, and while Jazz would lose a little bit of swimming room, the filter would be able to fit in his tank.
So instead of having matching filters in the tank, I kept Sterling with his old sponge filter rather than re-cycle the tank, and have been adding stability with great success to Jazz’s tank.
I used a split valve so I only need one air pump, and then it turns out because the one filter is so much bigger, the air also followed the path of least resistance and basically only spewed bubbles out of the one side.
So, I clinched it with a ziptie, a twisttie and a bolt, so I could manually meter the flow on the air pump so it pushes air through both filters. I will take picture of my McGuyvering tonight while I write the update for the 29.
I removed some plants because they weren’t getting enough light. I also added some Indian almond leaves to aid the transition for everyone.
All in all it’s a happy little tank.
And the best part is:
STERLING IS DOING AWESOME:
His tail is growing back and he is no longer lethargic and all his scales are back and I am just so happy.
He is now red black and blue.
I also dropped in a couple of leopard Ramshorn snails (one on each side) just to help between water changes.
Did I mention that I’m like 6 years old and that I have glow in the dark things in each tank?
And that’s all I have for you right now folks.
Let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions for my tank!