Salt Water Fish Tank part 5

The red hermit crab died.  My younger, Travis, saw its body lying at the bottom of the tank.  Then he saw it being pulled under a large conch shell by a little crab.  It was dead and would soon be lunch.

Red hermit crab with a hitchhiker

Red hermit crab with a hitchhiker

The white hermit crab, now lacking algae, looked hungry so we headed to the beach for more seaweed.  He has picked up the red crab’s hitchhikers, but he also moved into a really small shell.  He’s been there for a week so I guess he’s happy now he’s downsized.  I know that I’m happy since we downsized, too.  I have a smaller house to clean and less space to accumulate junk.  I do miss the garage, though.

White hermit crab coated with algae

White hermit crab coated with algae

Our snails are doing great.  We picked up a really large one with a red body the day we went out for seaweed.  Its in a fig shell.  Last night I watched as it completely covered the tank filter with its body, sucking off algae, and scooting on.  What resulted, for a short time, was that the filter couldn’t pump air into the tank as usual.  Instead of the regular million tiny air bubbles coming from the filter, a periodic large bubble would find its way out of the snail’s clutch and rise to the top.  It was amuzing.  Later that same snail tried to escape from the tank.  We have a sheet of plastic over the top and the snail had lifted the sheet and continued up the side of the tank and started going over the top.  Travis found it and we guided it  back into the water. 

the red bodied snail

the red bodied snail

The real reason the sheet of plastic is on top of the tank is to keep the water from spraying when the water bubbles break at the top.  When this happens, the water sprays in all directions and when the water droplets evaporate the surface of the wall behind the tank, the table top and the floor is coated in salt.  My dog even finds this distasteful.

Sarasota County Fair

My boys are 4H exhibitors at the County Fair. It was a lot of fun for them to put their projects together and even more fun, it seems, to see their projects on display. They made pillows, clay items, photography, collections of Pokemon cards and Lego, wood burning and shell art. And a  bonus is that they won ribbons and money for their efforts.  All of their projects are on display with other really talented 4Hers in the 4H Mini Building. Please stop by and see what all the members have done.
While you’re there, you can by a raffle ticket for a whole swine at just $2 per ticket. The drawing is this weekend.  You can also purchase a clover for $1 that will have your name on it and displayed on the Mini Building door. Proceeds go to the 4H Foundation which provides funding for each of the club’s activities.  Many 4H members also have animals and plants on display and for sale.
And, when you get hungry, stop by the 4H trailer for an elephant ear or funnel cake and a refreshing drink. The proceeds also go to the clubs. The trailer is located near the Potter Building.
The fair starts at 2pm each day and runs through this Sunday, March 23.  It is at Robard’s Arena on Fruitville Road.  Enjoy yourself at the fair.