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Morning Routine (and aquarium update)

Monday, April 11, 2011

With all the pets and plants I've added to the household, my morning routine is getting quite structured!

6:30am - Wake up, feed cats, empty litter boxes, make coffee
6:45am - Water plants, check on fish
7:00am - Make breakfast - bowl of cereal, yogurt and frozen blueberries
7:15am - Start work

I'd like to get morning exercise in. I'm going to have to get up earlier. Today I'm going to get my exercise done at lunch, because I don't have other errands to run.

Yesterday I bought a pH test kit for my aquarium. I read something online about a health troubleshooting bettas. One of them was "Problem: Fish stays mostly at the bottom and only goes to the top for air. Solution: Check water quality." I thought he was hovering near the bottom because he was getting used to his new environment, but I noticed that some of his colorful scales were peeling back and were black instead of blue. Hmm. So I tested the pH of his water. It came out relatively acidic. I tested the pH of tap water versus Brita filtered water, and discovered the Brita filter makes the pH more acidic! Ack! I thought I was helping to reduce the chlorine levels, but I was altering the pH! Not good!

I drained out half the water, and replaced it with tap water treated with the fish store conditioner to remove the chlorine, then added it to the remainder of the water already in the tank until it was neutral pH. I feel so bad. Poor little guy.

It will probably take a day or two for him to feel better with the water change, I'm guessing.

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THINRONNA 4/11/2011 3:11PM

    Well...I have just read this and the past two blogs. What fun! I am simply amazed that you can train a fish! I never would have thought such a thing was possible! I don't know why...I guess I just never thought of it at all!

The fish is beautiful and the snal is kind of cute. You have created a little part time job for yourself with all that care giving! It really seems like a fulfilling thing...kind of makes me wish that we were more stable to enjoy things like that. We move around too much!

Thank you for the delightful blogs!

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RICEOWL86 4/11/2011 10:51AM

    I have a dog, 2 cats, 2 aquariums, 7 chickens and 3 kids to take care of every morning so I understand how hard it is to get in a morning workout. I've been trying to get up at 5:00 whenever possible to squeeze in a walk. My goal is to do that every day, but so far I've only averaged about 3 days per week. Good luck!

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KELPIE57 4/11/2011 8:32AM

    So much to do!

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