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.