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Amusing my pea brains.


scurrie

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I use the term "Pea Brains" lightly. Because they're too smart for their own good. Today I noticed that they were just kinda floating around in the tank, minding their own business, not doing anything too fun. They looked bored. So I set to work and made them something to do.

I hadn't fed them yet this morning, so I figured we could have some fun with their morning meal. So I grabbed a couple of ping pong balls, cleaned them really well and cut a hole in one and cut another on it half.

NOTE: I realize how scary the cut open one looks, the edges look really sharp, I went back and recut it after I realized that it could be harmful.

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So I tried the half of a ping pong ball first, and I floated it on the top of the tank, to see if they would even be interested. I left it there for 10 minutes and none of them even bothered with it. So then I tried the hole'd one and filled it with bloodworms, spinach and brine shrimps and one piece of krill (I'm cruel, I know) I figured whoever would be smart enough to figure it out, could get the krill :P

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mmmm tasty!

Let's test it out! See what happens!

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"Oooo, what is this!?" (This was within 30 seconds, I might add, too curious)

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Ollie was the fastest, he's a smartie-fish. He was the one that decided to bump his face on it again and again to get the food to fall out.

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Then Clyde came to join the party.

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"Mmm, why yes, this ping pong ball tastes delicious!"

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"Get out of here Clyde."

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Nugget cheated and just grabbed the food as it floated out.

Needless to say, this has been going on for an hour now, and they still haven't left it alone. They bump it with their faces. They push it around and grab all the food that floats out. It's taking them a REALLY long time to eat their food, which is awesome.

So this is what I spent my spare time doing today. I need to figure out something that might work a little better, maybe try a nail file to shape it a little better. Or maybe I can line it with aquarium sealant. I don't know. No one stuck their faces in it! They just mostly swam really fast over it to get the food to come out, or they bumped it with their faces. Clyde helped out some because he rolled it around and around while he was hanging on to it. So he's actually the cheater.

Has anyone tried anything like this before? I like the "ball" shape because it will actually roll around on the bottom. I bet it would be even better on a bare bottom tank, more rolling room!

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I've never seen more frustrated fish :P But it was totally worth it to see how excited they got when a little cloud of brine shrimp came out of it.

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:D This reminds me of this video!! I love the ping pong idea too! Some day I'll try this!! :D

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:D This reminds me of this video!! I love the ping pong idea too! Some day I'll try this!! :D

Oh my gosh! That is perfect! Clear is such a good idea! I'll have to do that next.

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Maybe!!! I'm not sure if that would be too many holes though. Gotta make em work for it ;)

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