Cold-blooded animals don't need as much food to stay alive, according to Aquarium Care of Goldfish by David Boruchowitz. He writes that a lot of the calories used by warm-blooded creatures is used to stay warm and since fish don't need to food to stay warm, they don't need as much. A fish's body temp is dictated by the temp of its water.
You might consider putting Kei into 1 tsp of epsom salt to ward of any internal bacterial infection that might be brewing. I worry when a fish won't eat. :/
Haha, confused and not eating... One pellet yesterday, dropped one in today, spit it out, dropped some bloodworms (freeze dried) ate them then spit them out. I really have no idea what the fate will be though. Having very minimum food is bad, at least with humans. The fat goes, then after that muscle and left weak. Without more food Kei may start to shut down :(
Okay so the shrimp tank has 7 confirmed cherry shrimp. Some are so small, it took three days to find out how many there was at once. So there may be more.
Has he eaten anything at all yet? I mean, the good news is they can go for like 2 weeks without food. Not that they should but they can. :/ Poor Kei. Maybe he lost his appetite trying to figure out if he was a he or a she.
Yeah I was showing my dad all Tue coolness of the filter, he bought it but I plan on paying him back.
The mesh is one of the ones for reptiles, but a mosquito shouldn't be able to get out. If need be, I could get guppies.
Yup he won't eat anything, I did get him to get a pellet in his mouth and eat part of it. He then spat out most of it. Acts normal, just really slow because well he hasn't really eaten anything that I know of in a week.
Awesome! I'm so glad you could get the filter. That's a great one, too. Way to go. :)
It's possible that an LPS would let you give the guppies back. But you also raise a good point about the screen preventing the mosquitoes from flying out, if it's a fine-mesh. If you can regularly harvest the mosquito larva, then you may not need guppies to keep the population under control.
Guess what? I got the filter! It was an Ehiem Ecco Pro. Was a total of $53.91, that is a good deal considering they sell it for 129.99. I hope I can get the other tank setup sometime soon this year. My Mon was so confused on what it was, so funny.
Do you think that, if I get feeder guppies from a LPS, will they allow me to give them back for free? Mosquito larvae wouldn't be bad though, I could use it for Betta food! And the screen top would prevent the mosquitoes from flying out so they would just die. I don't know if my dad will feed the guppies if I am not there though. I may stay there for like a week or something maybe.
Ok so I changed the water and the shrimp remaining seem fine. They are much more delicate.
Uh, no bulls. Bulls bad for your health. ;) That's really neat it's a farm, though. Living in the city has its drawbacks. I miss farms.
A filter might work but then again, I dunno. It might not. If you can get mosquitofish from your local mosquito control, then you could probably return the fish to them at the end of summer. You could always put a canopy, not a screen, on the top. That would cut down on the mosquito problem.
Will Kei eat ANYTHING? Frozen bloodworms?
:( Maybe that's why cherry shrimp aren't as readily available in stores. Maybe they're too fragile? Poor pretty things. What are you feeding them?
I hate DST too, it messes me up for the rest of the week. And last year, at fallback DST, my iTouch alarm didn't work and I overslept. Bleh.
Grr! I bunch of my cherry shrimp died :( maybe the plants weren't taking on enough nutrients and the ammonia built up? There is at least 3 still alive, 2 are dead that I have found. Is sucks though. Then I have Kei with his problems. Still won't touch a pellet btw.
Oh okay, what if I put a filter so the water is constantly moving? Since it wouldn't be still mosquitoes wouldn't lay their eggs, maybe? The problem I would have is if I do get the guppies, what shiuld I do with them? Maybe I can get them in the sorority or something? Oh I forgot, I could put it by the barn, of darn, I forgot that there are bulls in there during the summer lol. I will ask my Aunt and her fiance if i can put it somewhere where there is shade for part of the day.
I know of one spot that will be fine, hopefully we can move some furniture around to make it work.
I just tried that garlic thing, he still didn't eat, it has been a week without food! Unless there us something else he is eating, the closest he came to eating was one time he ate it, then spit it back out into a million pieces. This fish us driving me crazy!