Kai-ni

Sensei of tank Cycling (apparently)

20 something female living in the United States. Animation student.

Aquarist - I keep freshwater fish and an Axolotl. I can answer most care questions concerning freshwater aquaria, don't be afraid to shoot me an ask.

Note: I can't track my username as a tag because of the - in it, so if you want my attention you have to mention me in a post with the @ feature.

Oooookay took all the plants out of the tanks and most of the decorations, just left one hide per fish/lotl so no one got too scared that the tank was barren.

Now lets play ‘can Kai sleep tonight’

Hint: no

airhaven:

Moving day 1

theblondeaquarist:

low-techtank:

kai-ni:

Got all MY crap moved into my new room - I’m kinda ticked because it’s CONSIDERABLY smaller than my last one - like a by a LOT. And this is the more expensive dorm. like what even. .___________. I demand a refund.

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My own little postage stamp of a room! Joy.

Luckily there’s room for the tank stands by the wall opposite of the bed, and PLENTY of outlets for my power strips. I even have room for my own fridge for frozen fish food.

There are different levels of crappiness. You go from bug invested with no lights and stains everywhere to brand new and hella expensive.

is it a single person room? because honestly thats hella nice even for small.

Yes, just me ^^ I kinda forget that’s such a luxury :o I’ve had my own room all throughout college. Guess I’m spoiled ^^; But yea it’s not so bad. Cozy is okay with me.

Okay so tonight in prep for moving (posting because it helps me organize my thoughts)

I’m going to

  1. Remove all live plants from the tanks and box/bag them w/ tank water organized by which tank they belong to
  2. Pack all the fish supplies and Zion’s tank ornaments (don’t forget the test kit and ALL the water conditioners by the sink)

And tomorrow I’m getting up early to

  1. Cup the bettas and put Zion in his tub
  2. remove the rest of the tank ornaments and pack them
  3. remove filter media and pack that in used tank water
  4. drain the tanks
  5. go go go
Hey Kai! Congrats with moving in! I just had the same experience yesterday. I know you might be busy, but I wanted to ask you something. I thought that I had used tight-lidded containers to hold my ceramic rings with tank water to transport them to my dorm. Getting there, I found that the water had leaked out completely. The rings still looked moist, and I immediately filled it up with tank water from my betta's moving container. To my horror, testing the water today yielded 0 nitrates (1)

(2) along with 0 nitrites and 0.25 ammonia. I did a 25% water change to lower the ammonia levels and will be using my liquid test kit to see how things develop; am I being too much of an optimist to think that maybe some of the beneficial bacteria could have survived and will be able to bounce back up to normal levels? The rings could have been without water for a maximum of 2.5 hours, possibly (and hopefully) less.

Keep an eye on everything - it’s very possible the bacteria died since the water leaked out, I hate to say D: (urfff I feel for you so hard though a total cycle crash is my worst nightmare tomorrow)

nnoitragilga

Anonymous asked:
I have dozens of all these tiny snails in my tank. Are they bad or good for my tank? Is it okay to put a mystery snail in with them?

They’re harmless, just an eyesore. It would be fine to put the mystery snail in, just make sure you’re meeting that snail’s needs.

Anonymous asked:
Hey there! First off, I wanted to say thank you for running this blog =^-^= It's incredibly helpful-- not to mention entertaining :3 Your pets are so cute :3 Now, I was wondering if you could give me some help... My Betta's been tail-biting :c After lots of looking around, I've figured it's probably jut due to his long, heavy fins, but I'm still worried about him :c At the moment I've baffled his filter to reduce the flow, made sure he has plenty of plants to hide in and sit on, and am doing

/small/ daily water changes. Is there anything else I can/should be doing to get him to stop or help keep infections from setting in?

Unfortuantely my Radar has a problem with tail-biting too. The usual recommendations are to re-arrange the tank every so often so they have more to do, try putting Indian Almond leaves in the tank, reduce the filter flow (like you did).

But sometimes they just wanna bite because their fins are big and heavy, and it’s just nearly impossible to prevent the behavior.

To keep infection setting in, just keep your tank VERY clean, and by clean, I mean water parms :> You should be testing often with a liquid test kit and ammonia/nitrite should always be at 0 for pristine water, with nitrates below 40ppm.

Hey Kai I know you are busy gettimg set up in college so I am not expecting am answer right away but when you have a chance do you think you could go more in depth with me on axolotl care :)

I can!

I have a post on Axolotl care here

Breakdown of how much an Axolotl setup costs

Axolotl.org is a great resource

Once you’ve read those, you can ask me specific questions :> It’s easier for me to go in-depth if you have specific questions.

Those are good things to read to start and I can help you with anything else!

astro-nomer:

i got a big new 3-gallon tank for my fishy

came with a filter and everything

(except a check-valve, which seems important. but i’ve got my pump up pretty high so hopefully water doesn’t start back-tracking into it before i get one. also a heater - but i’m in the process of getting one-ish)

not sure if zed (the fish) is panicked or excited

also how do i feed him now that i have this filter that spits bubbles out of itself

i’ll figure it out

Is it actually a sponge filter or just an airstone? I wouldn’t worry too much about a check valve if you have the pump up higher - the only real danger of water backing up is if the power goes out and even then it’s only if the pump is downhill.

also remember that since this is a new tank and it isn’t cycled you need to be doing daily water changes in it!

My mom just brought home a random turtle her coworker found in her yard. I think it's a red-ear and it's about as big as a cookie. I have no idea how to take care of it, what should I do?

Whhhhyyyyy do people always insist on taking wildlife out of the wild?

Legit, release it in the nearest lake/pond to that persons yard, unless you’ve fed it any live foods. If that’s the case give it to a wildlife rehabilitator to release.

But, if you decide to keep it, know that RES are one of the most expensive turtles to keep in captivity demanding huge volumes of water, strong filtration, heat and UVB light, and a varied diet. They are not cheap, and water changes on a 100 gallon+ tank are a pain in the ass.

This care sheet goes over the basics, I can answer any specific questions you may have. They need 10 gallons of water per inch of shell length so if he/she’s about 3” long you’ll need a 30 gallon at LEAST. Also of importance to get asap is a heat and UVB light.

Just put it back omg. Do not keep wild caught pets, why does this sound like a good idea to people?

(also omg the gif)

scalestails:

HOLY SHIT YOU GUYS MY CRAB JUST SCARED THE FUCKING SHIT OUT OF ME

I DID A HUGE WATER CHANGE AND HE WAS SCARED SO HE CLUNG TO THE HEATER, NO BIGGIE RIGHT? WELL SO I FINISHED MY WATER CHANGE AND PUT THE LID ON. I WENT ALONG MY MERRY WAY PUTTING MY EQUIPMENT AWAY AND DECIDED TO FIND THE CRAB.

I CAN’T FIND HIM SO I’M LIKE OK, HE’S IN THE SAND, LET ME SEE IF I CAN FIND HIM SO I STAND UP AND HE’S ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE TANK HE’S R I G H T   T H E R E .

I returned him to the tank and he is fine but oh my fucking god he scared me.

EMILIO NO

He looks so funny out of the water though omg

Anonymous asked:
It's because my school says they're good for mental health, you have to go through a few things but you can still keep them

That’s pretty cool!

Anonymous asked:
I'm glad your move is going well!! I'm moving tomorrow my college has 20 gal tank limit (thank god) we're moving my axolotl a little later, technically the only pets you can have are dogs, cats and fish. but we're calling my lotl a fish for now, so he's technically not breaking any rules lol

LOL yes it’s still an aquatic animal X’D But I’m shocked you can have dogs and cats in your dorm - they’re explicitly forbidden in mine due to health concerns.

tinkerstink:

So my mom got mad at my dad because he didn’t think I was responsible enough for another pet so she went out to the pet store and bought a $3 beta fish and put him in a pickle jar and it has been sitting on my desk for 3 days now and my dad has yet to even notice that he’s there.

Unfortunately your dad may have had a point… because this is a really bad home for this Betta! Contrary to popular belief, betta do not live in puddles in the wild and keeping them in bowls or jars will lead to their suffering and premature death.

But you can still show your dad how responsible you are by getting the proper setup for this little guy!

Betta need at least 2.5 gallons to thrive, preferably 5 gallons. Bigger setups are actually easier to maintain!

In a small containers like this ammonia builds up too fast and will slowly poison and eventually kill your fish. Fish create ammonia when they breathe and poo, and ammonia is toxic to them. Ammonia can’t be seen or smelled - so water can be crystal clear and still toxic to fish. In a container this small you’d have to be doing twice daily water changes to keep ammonia from harming your fish.

Betta are also tropical fish and require a heater! They need to be at water temperatures of 75-80 degrees - room temperature is too cold for them. Cold leaves them lethargic, sickly and open to other problems. But you can’t safely use a heater in a container this small, so again, I urge you to get him a bigger tank!

You won’t regret it - betta can be such personality filled, zippy little fish when given the room to be! Some studies even say they’re just as smart as other animals, and can feel pain the same way. So please don’t let your little guy suffer - get him a better home!

Betta care sheet

Why bowls and vases are bad betta homes

betta myths debunked

We planted a pepper plant a while back

it … tried? It’s so cute