Thursday, January 24, 2013

Aquarium update 1 - Baby, baby, baby snail

The smaller brown circular object on the right, pressing up against the glass, is a baby snail :)

A few weeks ago, I was super excited to see my ramshorn snails laying eggs. Then, the eggs hatched into teeny tiny specks. I was concerned that my apple snails would eat the baby snails, either deliberately or accidentally. So, to give the baby snails a fighting chance, I moved the apple snails out. At first, it seemed like the baby ramshorns didn't make it, but after some time, I started seeing a few baby snails! They're getting bigger each day! If you have ramshorn snails and can't seem to find the babies after they've hatched, don't worry, it's likely they're hiding out in the gravel. Smart little things!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: Buying Live Snails Online from Captain Pets World

I've bought lots of things online... accessories, home decor, books, craft materials... even precious metals, but today I broke new ground... I bought LIVE animals online! I've been looking for some apple snails to add to my fish tank and I found some on sale online at Captain Pets World. I placed my order and got in touch with them via SMS on payment and shipping details. Two days later (today that is)...

My snails arrived! They were delivered by Gedex and were packed in this box. They came all the way from Pontian, Johor!

I wasn't at home to receive the package, so I asked my husband to document the unpacking process :) The blue bottle is fish meds.

When I got home from work, I gave the snails a rinse and put them in my tank. My dwarf gouramis were very inquisitive about their new tank buddies. I'm actually a little concerned, because I read that apple snails sometimes eat ramshorn snails. To my surprise though, a ramshorn snail started chasing one of the apple snails around. 

Soon it was tucked into the apple snail's side. What's that about? Is it trying to eat the larger snail? Speaking of eating, here's one of the apple snails munching on a carrot slice.

Anyway, I had ordered 2 apple snails, one golden and one magenta, but I got 3 because the shop owner said the golden ones aren't very pretty this time around. So they threw one in for free :) Amir has named the snails Stinky, Smelly and Slimy...

So, if you're tired of making trips to the pet store, do check out Captain Pets World. You can have pet supplies (and actual pets, as in certain live aquatic ones) delivered right to your door! I give them a thumbs up!

PS: Found another clutch of ramshorn snail eggs in my fish tank today!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My aquarium

Hey, what do you know! It's my first post of 2013! Happy New Year everybody! To kick things off, I'd like to share with you my new (old) hobby. I grew up with fish tanks around the home and I'm excited to have one of my own now that I can share with my son. So let me introduce you to my new pets :)

Here are Chop and Chip, our dwarf gouramis. I really like the new generation of fish tanks, the glass is streamlined and super clear. The waterfall filter and aquarium light are cool too.

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