LOOK WHAT I FOUND THIS MORNING!!!
All those bubbles are from a bubble nest I inadvertently ruined when I got the bowl out of the china cabinet. (I have to lock him up at night to keep my cat from helping herself to his water.) A bubble nest is a sign that my baby betta is a boy. A lack of large fin development means he is probably a short-tailed betta (Plakat). I had no idea they would make a bubble nest this young. But at least I know he’s healthy and happy!
This is what he looked like three weeks ago when I brought him home. He was about 1 inch long.
Here he is today. He is about an inch and a half long. Time to put him in a slightly larger tank with an air pump and filtration. The goal is to get him strong enough for my 5 gallon.
In a burst of industriousness, I scrubbed and bleached a one gallon fish tank that had been overrun with nasty blue-green algae awhile back. I then put one of my bettas in it. It was wonderful to see him swimming around in a shiny clean tank instead of his bowl. After he’s been in the tank for a week and has gotten used to swimming in tank currents, or when I get my 5 gallon stripped, I’ll move him to the 5 gallon.
Have I mentioned how much of a pain in the butt it is to get pictures of a fish? I took about 30 and this was the best I could get!
He’s hiding in his cave!
As I was strolling through a local pet store (I shop pet stores like some women shop for shoes. 🙂 ), I spotted baby bettas! Most were rather skinny and iffy. But I did find one I was willing to take a risk buying (Two whole dollars!).
He is about 1 inch long. When I bought him I didn’t know what colors he had because he was so scared he had paled out and all you could see were two black fear stripes. You can see one starting to show on his side because he didn’t like the camera so close. It looks like he will have some blue on him. It’ll be fun watching him grow up and get his fins. Unless, of course, the ‘he’ turns out to be a ‘she’!
Hermit Crab Cleaning Itself
Look at the lower left part of the shell opening right behind the crab’s leg. See that little, skinny, pale thing? That’s a little arm that is attached underneath the crabs body. It is what the crab uses to clean itself and remove poop from inside the shell. See that wee short little leg above the skinny one? That is one of the legs that holds the crab tight inside his shell so that he can’t be pulled out.
Now the skinny arm is cleaning the shell leg!
Visitors to the Yard
I found this next to the driveway before the snow hit. ARGH! Deer poop!
The Husband caught these guys roaming through the yard in bright sunshine. Brazen little suckers!
Time for bed! Nite!