Ivory is my sweetie pie. Sometimes when I feed him his dinner, he will dance for it just like D.B. did. I have to keep the lid on, he is starting to do a little jump for his first pellet. Last week, when I was doing a 25% water change, I was using the gravel vacuum. Since it siphones the water very fast, I was watching the vase it was going into so it wouldn't overflow. After a little while, the flow slowed down. I looked at the tank, and Ivory was in the vacuum, lol. I stopped the suction, and allowed Ivory to get out from the dreaded vacuum. He didn't seem to be freaked out at all, but I have been using the old air hose instead since that incident.
I was treating her for external parasites. I reduced her water to 1 litre, kept the temperature at a steady 85 degrees, and added 1 or 1.5 plastic spoons of aquarium salts. On day 4, she refused to eat anything, even her favorite freezedried bloodworm. The next morning I was concerned because she stayed inside her house when I woke up. She always came out to say good morning. I washed and dressed. I checked on her again, but she remained in her house. I took the lid off her tank, removed her house. She was limp and very pale. She was gone.
I bought and prepared the frozen peas for Jewel but then I came here and realized it's n8t safe for her to eat them. I reduced the water level by half, unplugged her heater, and left the lid off overnight. The next morning, she was completely better. According to the forum, I was overfeeding her the wrong food. I have been to several fish stores hoping to buy nls or omega 1, but none of them carry those. I even asked my local pet store to order omega 1 but they don't even sell fish, so they can't order it. I don't have a credit card, nor would I give out it's number online even if I did, so ordering some online is out of the question. I sent a message to my brother in law, who got me hooked on beta s and he will give my dad some stuff for Jewel to my dad when he sees him next, my dad lives halfway between us. For now, I feed Jewel once a day, and have reduced the amount she gets.