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  1. Hmm, that is interesting. Maybe it would be best to just rehome that problem fish. If he's stressing the poor puffs, you sure don't want to l leave him in there. :(

    Eventually you'll probably want to just stay with a pair of clowns in the 29. The damsels will eventually get too big and territorial, too. Maybe at that point you can find some other smaller marine fish that won't outgrow it. If you don't have corals, you could find a pygmy angel, maybe.

  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. :cry1 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. 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.

  6. I didn't notice the dogs either! Ha! I know the feeling though, everything is covered in white cat hair. You wouldn't think white cat hair would show up so much on everything, but it does. :rolleyes:

    Calico ryukin ring holder.... hmmm.... :yeah:

  7. WOW that is the cutest thing I have ever seen!!! I just want to hug it. How did you make it?? I don't know how to knit or crochet or anything so I am completely intrigued. And he doesn't need ventral or anal fins. He looks perfect the way he is!

  8. 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.

  9. That's so cool! And I HATE when stores trick you to get inside and then don't have much on sale. Or they have "up to" 50% off. Anyway...

    For Christmas a couple years ago, my mom gave me a fish ring holder, but it's ceramic and has a huge open mouth that you put your rings in! :D

  10. How cuuuuute!! Sorry I'm just now noticing it. That is such an adorable fish. See, that is a completely different style than I can make. I could try to make something look like that, and it just wouldn't come out.

    I absolutely love seeing what other people can make. It's so fun and it inspires creativity, I think. :)

  11. 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!!

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  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. :)

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