I was feeling a little under the weather the last few days so I didn’t post anything on my blog but today I posted up a couple quick videos of my Platy Baby Fry and my Electric Blue Baby Crayfish. Click on the Pictures below for the videos.
It’s a sad day today as it’s an end to an era as my big blue crayfish SuperTank died today. I got him 1 year ago on August 6th, 2008. He was a lighter color of blue when I got him and over the past year he has gotten darker and darker. He was also the most active crayfish out of all the ones that I had and was always climbing my plants to entertain himself.
Here is the last picture of SuperTank, RIP Big Blue.
The temperatures in the Lower Mainland have been in the mid 30′s for the past 2 weeks and it’s causing the water in fish tanks to heat up. So today I decided to change the water in both my tanks and pour in some cold water to even out the temperatures to 78-80 degrees. I know the temperature will still climb up over time, but at least there will be more oxygen in the water for the fish now. Some of my fish are getting bigger every month as are my turtles in my 125 Gallon tank. My crayfish SuperTank is still kicking well and cruising around my 29 Gallon tank regularly, he hasn’t molted for a while but I think he should in the next few months. My baby angel fish is now the size of a loonie and growing nicely.
SuperTank molted on Monday, the 2nd time since I got him and it’s great to see he is doing well. He has also been moving rocks out of his little den for the past week. None of the fish seems to bother him and once in a while he catches one for fun and eats them. All the Lyretail platies are gone now as they must of been eaten by him. I am not upset, after all he is a crayfish.
I had some time last night so I cleaned my turtle auxilary XP4 filter and also my 45 Gallon XP3 Filter.
Here is a picture I took of my crayfish SuperTank when he was sitting on top of a floating plant in my 45 gallon aquarium. The reflection looked really cool so I decided to take a picture.
He seems to be doing very well after his last molting session and has eaten a few of my fish which is expected of such a smart crayfish. At times I catch him trying to crawl up the eater tube or climbing the ornaments in the aquarium then positioning his back toward the top and suddenly jolting up to the top of the aquarium. He has quite the personality and always fun to watch.
I did some water changes yesterday because SuperTank was behaving really weird and because my ammonia was too high and soon after that, SuperTank molted for the first time. Well being his size I’m sure he has molted lots of times before but since I got him this is the first time. He will eat his old shell in a day or so and regain the lost calcium from shedding.
SuperTank After Molting. As you can see he has already regained his dark blue color.
I came home today and started feeding my fish when I noticed that my crayfish in the 29 gallon died and this is the 2nd one in that tank. I was a bit surprised so I checked the water for PH and it was good, I think it might of died while trying to molt. I pulled the dead guy out and gave it to my other bigger crayfish SuperTank for dinner and once again he scarfed it down very quickly. Even the pleco tried to munch on the remains while SuperTank was busy cruising around the tank.
After watching this for a bit I started my 20 and 29 gallon water change. I changed 50% of water in the 20 gallon and about 2/3′s of water in the 29 Gallon. Now they say your suppose to only change 20% at a time but both my tanks are very well aged with lots of bacteria on everything so they re-establish themselves really quickly. Plus my 29 Gallon that I changed 2/3′s of water also has a canister XP3 filter that holds like 4 Gallons of water with lots of beneficial bacteria so there is no need to panic. I just make sure I always add water conditioner when I do any kind of water changes.
In the 20 Gallon I also switched back to my Cascade 200 Penn Plax filter and new filter media. I was running an old Petcetra filter before because I had some old filter inserts and I wanted to use those up first. I know the Penn Plax filter is much better and has a much stronger motor so I will stick with this one form now on. I can use my Petcetra filter for my 10Gallon if i ever need to setup it up again.
I was feeding my aquarium pets late last night and discovered that one of my crayfish in my 29 Gallon tank has died, too bad because he was a really cool crayfish. I was gonna throw him away but decided to feed him to SuperTank in the 45 Gallon so he can use the calcium and meet to his benefit. When I woke up this morning there was only about 20% left of the dead crayfish, SuperTank ate him like there was no tomorrow. So now I am down to 1 crayfish in my 20, 29 and 45 gallon.
I got a new crayfish on the long weekend and named him SuperTank. Why SuperTank you ask? Well my first crayfish I got was named Tank but he died a few months later so I decided to name this crayfish SuperTank as he looks really tough and is really big. He is an Australian Blue Crayfish and has feelers that spread to more then 10 inches. Soon as I get a video of him I will post it on the site.