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GuppyColorMaker 12-07-2008 05:11 PM

I Am Officially Fish Crazy And Broke!
 
So we were in Wal*Mart, and I went to the back of the store into Aquatics to look at the Filters And Heaters, and I ended up walking out with a Hifin Blackskirt Tetra, and if I do so believe, a female. If this fish in the picture on this website is a male, mine is a female, because its bottom fin is about 4x bigger than this one's.

http://www.aqua-fish.net/imgs/fish/b...kirt-tetra.jpg

that's what he/she looks like. We'll call it an "it". "It"s name is Strumpy, haha, I'll explain.

My friend wanted me to describe the fish to her, so I told her that it had 2 stripes on its back, and one going over both eyes. He also has a 'lump fin' i call it, on his back, and so came Strumpy. The stripeded lump fish. according to my BFFFL, that is his title. Strumpy, the stripeded lump fish.

He's acclimating into his quarintene 1gal bowl, without a filter or heater, because he needs to be quarintened untill I know that he isn't sick, or if he lives untill after Christmas... I mean really, he came from Wal*Mart, and the other fish in the tank were practically dying. I mean, to the point of rolling onto their sides and dying and stopping their breathing. And the guy put the fish in a Wal*Mart deli bag! I almost wanted to slap him and say "get fish bags you dork!" but i contained myself and took the fish, and left.

"It" spit up a black piece of fuz in the smaller plastic bag I am using for acclimating "it", and i thought he was hungry, so I got the flakes. I gave him a small pinch, and he ate each flake. not one was left. "It" did pass waste, and then "it" spreads his swimming fins(the ones on the sides) at me and swam away to the other side of his bag. "it" seemed disgusted. I wanted to name either Spazzum or Snoopy, but Strumpy kinda won me over.

Comments, anyone?

Cody 12-07-2008 05:59 PM

A quarantine tank with no heater or filter? Isn't the point in a quarantine to make them healthy?

Anyways, good story. If you add it to your main, then you would need more than one long term.

jeaninel 12-07-2008 06:21 PM

That picture is of a regular black skirt. You bought a hi-fin or long fin black skirt. You can't go by the fins to sex them. Females are generally larger and plumper than the males.

You really should get a proper (larger) qt with heater and filtration. Black skirts are pretty tough, hardy fish but putting them in a one gallon with no heater or filter may make them more sick than being in the store tank.

GuppyColorMaker 12-08-2008 04:04 PM

Yes, if I had a bigger tank, then I wuold have him in it. I am working on the heater here...

SolaceTiger 12-10-2008 08:45 PM

I have a feeling your fish will likely die, besides the fact that you don't have a proper quarantine for him.. tetras are schooling fish... and need at least 6 or preferably more to thrive and behave normally. Honestly, please don't get any more fish until you have proper housing for each of them. =/ Not to sound preachy, but you're kinda setting yourself up for a big disappointment. *pats*

dramaqueen 12-10-2008 10:42 PM

I can't believe they put it in a deli bag.!! What did they think you were going to do with the fish, eat it?

GuppyColorMaker 12-12-2008 04:53 PM

He's doing great, so I decided to move him in my main, and he's eating now. I know they are overcrowded, but they look happy..

aquatramp 12-14-2008 12:00 PM

This is a typical black skirt tetra, appearing to be a female. It is not a high fin.

Tetra's are schooling fish. He should be in a group with his own kind and the larger the group the better. A school of 6 is a very minimium school.


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