Life with the fish at Bag End is going well! The tank stand has a few upgrades now.
I’ve got a brine shrimp hatchery set up that I’m loving! Vases from etsy and a reading light from Amazon.
And this bar from IKEA helps keep things organized. Before my tools would mostly be laying on the floor. 😅
Also—my aquarium lily from the coop has BLOOMED! It’s been blooming all week but it only opens in the morning. Today I was finally up early enough to see it and WOW!!!!!
The only problem in paradise is that I have WAY too many Malaysian trumpet snails in my 55 gallon. So many that they’re crawling up and eating the gourami eggs out of Dad Fish’s bubble nest. For some reason he doesn’t recognize them as a threat. So if I want to raise another batch of honey babies, I need to deal with this snail problem.
For those of you wondering, “Don’t you have two yo-yo loaches in that tank?” The answer is yes, I do. But they don’t seem to like eating these snails. Or at least they don’t like it enough to control the booming population.
I made a snail scraper out of the bottom of a buttermilk bottle and was able to catch several hundred snails the other night.
Not wanting any life to go to waste, I tried to feed the snails to my chickens. They’ve gotten a taste for ramshorn snails thanks to the outdoor ponds, so I was hopeful they’d take to these guys too.
Unfortunately they felt the same way the loaches do. Not interested. So I mixed in some millet cereal to try to trick them into eating the snails.
Chickens are not smart but they have excellent aim with their beaks. They successfully picked around most of the snails.
Feeling stubborn, I decided to try mixing the snails with oats and making snail oatmeal. The chickens LOVE oats.
(Note the chicken in the background—she’s lowest on the pecking order so she did not get any oats.)
This time more snails were accidentally eaten. But they still left quite a few.
I decided that at this point, I decided I should probably stop prolonging the snails’ suffering. I rinsed the rest into the compost pile. Not the best end, but I’m not sure getting eaten by a chicken is better.
Oh—before feeding all the snails to the chickens (or trying), I called the LFS where I trade in gouramis and asked if they wanted them. The answer was “no.” 😄 But I felt like it was worth a try. They did seem interested in the medaka though!
So my next project is going to be setting up a medaka breeding tank and selecting my broodstock from the ~90 I currently have. The rest will go to the LFS along with lots of hornwort, elodea, and salvinia.