Random Bits of Projects

September 7, 2008

Betta Fish-Look at the Bubbles!

My beta just built a huge bubble nest so I thought I would do a quick blurb on betas (Siamese fighting fish).

A beta can be a good starter fish. They actually can do well in a bowl or an aquarium and can be easy to keep (for a fish).

Here the beta is flaring his gills to threaten the camera.

Last update: October 31, 3008


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September 6, 2008

Birds: My Parrotlet!

Last updated September 12, 2008. More pictures added.

I am owned by a parrotet (and cats). His name is Bucky. If you are unfamiliar with parrotlets you are missing out. Generally I do not recommend birds to most people because they are deceptively high maintenance and the novelty can wear off fast. Having said that, if you are wanting a parrot type bird but cannot have a large one and can have the guy out for at least an hour (or more!) a day, then you may want to study up on parrotlest. They give you much of what a large parrot gives you but in a small package and they are a little more forgiving. You will not have the noise and destruction that goes along with large birds. They are not a bird to keep in a cage like a canary and watch, which unfortunately that often happens because of their size or they are not given the time needed to bond (get a well handled young one from a breeder). Get them out like the parrot they are and have fun!

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August 4, 2008

Fish: Black Ghost Knife

Close up of the BGK head

Note 1 US gallon = 3.79 liters. I keep meaning to convert throughout the text in these posts and hope to do so soon. But here is the formula for those who need it in the mean time. 🙂  Hope it helps.

Jan. 2010: For those of you using clear plastic tubes for your fish but need some shade, break clean, red clay flower pots (never used) in half as best you can and place them over the top of the tube. You can still see the fish from the side but it will get some shade from the lights. A quick fix if you do not mind the look. Ours is loving it.

Oct. 24, 2009. A paragraph added near the end from someone talking about his 16 year old Black Ghost Knife!

Sep. 2009. She is now around 12 inches!

Note: I do respond to comments on my old posts.

OK, finally the post…..

One of our favorite fish in the house is our Black Ghost Knife (BGK) named Rain. We do not know its sex but we decided to call it a “she” to be different.