Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Getting The Nursery Together

Yesterday Errol spotted another fry, which I promptly caught. Now we have 2 babies to care for. I felt bad they were living in a canning jar but I had long since Freecycled all my tanks and fish bowls. What to do? Get back on Freecycle and see if anyone has a fish bowl to give away. A couple of people emailed that they had a bowl, but never followed through. Then a lady, who lived just a few blocks away, offered up this nice little tank. Much better than a bowl. It has more surface area, and a lid to keep them from jumping out. Excuse the murky greenish water. These are pond fish, so they are used to it.

Now the babies have room to explore. I went to Petco today, to buy some ingredients for the baby fish food.

I got a good quality goldfish flake,
with lots of protein, and some dried shrimp.

I put some of each in my mortar and ground it with the pestle.

Then I put the crumbs into a plastic baggie.

To feed, I dip the tip of a toothpick into their water, to wet it, then into the bag of food. Then I just barely touch the toothpick to the surface of the water. I do this 4 times a day. And do a partial water change, with more pond water, once a day. I want them to have access to the micro organisms in there. Don't want the babes to go hungry. I wonder how long until they start to look like goldfish? Right now they are see through with two big eyes.

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