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  1. Nerites are cool but they are brackish/saltwater. They also have a habit of crawling out of the tanks since they are intertidal and are exposed. If you do get them, make sure they have a good-fitting lid. I think there is a certain kind that can tolerate freshwater, but most prefer brackish.
  2. I was told they were illegal in California and as a result, hadn't seen any in literally years. Then within the last few months, I've started seeing brigs again. I'm not sure if those are now legal, or if the guidelines are less strict, or if people just aren't being thorough in searches. At any rate, I wish I had space for another tank so I could keep just snails. There was a time where I thought I'd never see them again here.
  3. I already had him... Pugglet, the crown pearlscale in my avatar, and my muted calico ranchu Puppy. I too have only ever had pet store fish and those were my two extravagant purchases, and they both developed a severe bacterial infection. Or my two calico ryukin, Arctic Blue and Tundra, who I lost this past year. Sorry to be such a downer, but those four fish were my idea of perfection and I feel like I hardly even got to enjoy them.
  4. I'm curious about the tank size as well. As you know, the female (larger) clown spends some good time putting the male into his place, and this may just be what you're seeing. But if it's chasing all the other tank inhabitants, it may be that they don't have enough space or hiding places.
  5. They are not and have never been appropriate goldfish tank mates and no one on here would recommend them. They are best for tropical tanks or tanks with smaller tankmates. Too bad, I love otocinclus but would never put them with goldfish.
  6. That's how all bettas are shipped to pet stores. They can live in that small amount of water for the time that they are in transit, and they should receive fresh clean water as soon as they get to their destination. All fish are shipped in very cramped conditions. Bettas just must be in those bags since you can't pack more than one together, obviously, but the idea is that it's only for a short time. As far as the cups, that's just the case with pet stores. No one is going to spend the time and money to give each betta a large, filtered aquarium when they'll only sit on the shelves for a few days.
  7. Unless you paid over $20 each for them, they are likely wild caught. Sometimes they have patterns called "misbars," where the stripes don't go all the way around or are irregular. Usually this is more common in captive clowns, but not always. They may be from different areas, too, which may explain why one is brighter than the other.
  8. He's adorable, and I know how you feel!! The worst was last year, when I went to the store to get a hermit crab and left with a CAT!! I couldn't put him in my aquarium. The next time I went to that store, they were having another cat adoption and the volunteers laughed at me when I covered my eyes and ran by. I have to do that with the fish because I'm always afraid I'll see something I can't live without. A pearlscale, or a calico. Or a calico pearlscale!!
  9. Cool, quick response! Yep, I'd recommend doing the small water changes, pretty much till the tank cycles! Unfortunately, that's kind of the frustrating part of cycling the tank. It's a delicate balance between changing out enough water during spikes that your fish doesn't die, but not so much that you kill off the nitrifying bacteria. I'm not sure what the Lifeguard med is. What does it say it treats? What are the ingredients in it?
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    Orandaman, please make your siggy a little smaller. It is VERY distracting!
  11. Just a note, goldfish will eat the little aquatic frogs, so you probably don't want to keep him there long, if he's still in there.
  12. Hey, are you THE Stacey, from many many years back?? From the original Koko's board!? Anyway great to see you. Yep, it sounds like the flashing is probably a result of the sudden change in temp. As you know, that's a drastic temp change in a short amount of time. For now, I'd continue doing what you've been doing with the regular small water changes. After they begin getting used to being warmer, you should either see more unusual or more normal behavior. If they start acting OK then I wouldn't worry about it. If they are still acting strange in a few days, it may warrant more action.
  13. I am going to reply and then see if I can move this on over to D & D. There is a form with information that you'll need to fill out. You've provided a lot of good info on here, though. Most importantly, I know you keep saying the test strips are "fine," but they consider low amounts of ammonia and nitrite to be safe, which they're not. That's why the drop tests are more accurate at detecting low amounts. Hopefully the store will be getting them back in soon. In the meantime, I'd suggest doing small daily water changes, maybe about 25%, at least to see if that helps any. The brown fuzzy spot does look like fungus. Usually that's what fuzzy things indicate. I'm concerned though because it looks almost like the injury an anchor worm leaves after it falls out. As long as you don't see anything else on him, it's probably safe to just try treating that one little spot. You can try what I mentioned before with the methylene blue or PP on a Qtip.
  14. You can, but not if you want the ghost shrimp to live. Yep, the goldfish will eat them. Unfortunately, goldies will try and eat anything smaller than them in their tank. They just assume everything is food!
  15. Hi and welcome! The lifelessness you saw early on was most likely due to the sudden high amount of ammonia (which will continue until the tank cycles). That is also possibly why his dorsal fin was wearing away, too. I've seen that happen with ammonia or nitrite spikes. As for the grayish brown spot, there are a few different things that could be. Rather than panicking and tossing in meds (which could help, or could needlessly stress the fish even more), my approach tends to be wait and observe. If it gets increasingly worse over the next few days, it could be something serious. I've seen fungal infections happen in this way. If that is the case, you can dab a little methylene blue or potassium permanganate with a Qtip. But what I've seen more often than not is that even just a tiny particle can get stuck in the slime coat and cause a spot like this. That's why I'd suggest waiting and seeing how it looks tomorrow. In the meantime, it may be worth investing in a dropper test kit for ammonia and nitrite. They tend to be more accurate than the dip tests (and in the long run, cheaper too!). Since the tank will be cycling for the next month or so, you will want to monitor the water regularly. Keep us posted and we'll be happy to help!
  16. Amy, I just realized that you were one of my hearts on there--I recognized your white dog in your sig picture! I had seen that on Etsy and was like, I SWEAR I know that person. LOL! Thanks for the kind words about my artwork. I've wanted to make my own store for so long and am finally doing it. I always hoped there were people out there who would appreciate my fondness for weird creatures. In fact, I just surprised my friend with my baby dragon for her birthday today, and she absolutely loved it. I was glad that it meant so much to her. As for the hermits, the pet companies manufacture all kinds of junk that sell but may not necessarily be what's best for the animals themselves. This is the case with hermit crabs. It's best that they get lots of fresh food without preservatives, but in a pet store it is quicker and easier to pour it out of a can. I haven't seen my new hermie friend since I put her in the tank. She immediately ran to the water pools to check them out (saltwater is another necessity they don't usually get in stores), and then burrowed down. Usually they don't provide enough substrate in store tanks for them to dig down, so they do it immediately when you get them to a better environment.
  17. Wow, that's a really nice response letter! It seems that the company is taking that seriously. Good luck in pursuing this. I hope you're able to return everything and get the legit one. (And LOL at the translation--I always love reading how things are translated to English!)
  18. Some people say you can have one per gallon, but that seems a bit much to me. You can have 4 or 5 small ones in there, or a few larger ones. A 10 gallon doesn't end up being that big when you realize you need a saltwater and freshwater bowl, hiding places, and a food dish. Even my 60 gallon suddenly got too small! You can provide lots of climbing areas with branches, and I took an idea from a member who used a corner shower caddy to add another level in the tank. I filled mine with organic moss and several of them sleep there every day. Some of my other favorite sites are www.crabstreetjournal.com and hermitcrabassociation.com. I've been on HCA since 2004 and really like it.
  19. Most definitely, just be sure that the tank won't crack under the weight of the sand and substrate (you want between 4 and 6 inches in there). Also, just be sure there is a solid lid to hold in humidity, and that there is some sort of heat source. Also, hermits are social creatures and you would want a few in there, not just one.
  20. LOL Oh I already have lots. Just look at my Etsy store!
  21. As some of you know, my poor little injured hermit didn't make it. Today when I was shopping for a new rat cage, I found a tiny baby hermit that I needed to bring home! Since I figured out why the other crab died, and I have since prevented that accident from ever happening again, I figured I should "rescue" another hermit in that crab's honor. I've found that the majority of people who are sold hermit crabs don't have a clue about their proper care, and the crabs barely live for a month or two in their care. (I know, because that's how I started out in this hobby). But I've had most of my crabs now for several years (Mango, Monster and Olive all came to me in 2004) and feel that I know what I'm doing. So without further ado, meet my newest baby crab. I rarely name the purple pinchers since they all tend to look alike (some of the other species look very different), so for now I just call her Baby Purple Pincher. Imaginative, right?? Since bringing her home, she has been happily exploring the crabitat! Hopefully she'll take advantage of some of the fresh food I have in there, since at the store all they feed them is that powdered crab food crud. (Ignore my ugly hand!) As compared to a quarter! She's in some sort of beautiful Murex shell I can't identify. I've put some tiny moon shells in for her which aren't nearly as bulky, so hopefully she'll switch soon.
  22. I'm really sad to report that, after all of that, the poor little guy didn't make it. He had eaten most of his exo but looks like he just dried up. I'm thinking he had such severe injuries that when he shed his skin, it didn't take long for him to just dehydrate and die. He had water and was in a properly moist environment, but just couldn't come back from it. It's so frustrating that he held on this long. I was so sure that after he molted, he would be okay again.
  23. Yes, DEFINITELY do not ever release things into the wild. That's the reason that apple snails are illegal in some states now. Check with your local pet store. I used to always take in my extra snails. There are always some customers who were really excited to get them.
  24. I had this happen last year with Speck, my fantail. He is a calico, but lost almost all of his black when I moved him to my outdoor pond. I had always thought the sun would help him keep the black! Black is really unstable in goldfish, but most stable in calicoes. I was surprised when he lost it all, almost overnight. The only thing I could attribute it to was a dramatic temperature change. In this case, he was used to stable indoor temps and suddenly when he got outside, there were dramatic highs and lows. Could that possibly be what happened in your case?
  25. With any animal (but especially wild-caught animals like hermits), it's important to know their requirements, and some pet stores certainly don't do that. Ideally, hermits need at least 6+ inches of substrate so they can safely burrow and molt. I keep different kinds of substrate in my tank, including sand and coconut fiber.
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