Hey there folks!
I just wanted to give you a quick update on Ichabod and some things I learned for keeping a fish in a lightbulb fishbowl.
I hung my fishbowl with macrame which has this great nautical look to it, but I really felt like taking him down and putting him back up to feed him was hard on my new friend. If you can hang it somewhere where you don’t have to move it to feed your fish then suspension might still be a good idea. If you don’t have a good place to suspend your fishbowl I suggest standing your lightbulb fishbowl upright on your desk with a bit of wax. If you lean it slightly to one side you’ll increase the water surface area to air ratio and make it easier for your new friend to breathe.
I also suggest a small aquatic plant. It helps condition and oxygenate the water so your fishy can stay healthy. I wish I knew what this kind was called (the awesome lady at the fish store just gave me a bundle). All I do know is that with this particular plant you can break a piece off, float it on the top, and it will keep regenerating itself. Plus Ichabod can snack on it – BONUS!
Oh, and have you ever had “sea monkeys“? Remember how they give you a little “pump” that looks like a tiny turkey baster? Totally use that or something similar (an eye dropper would work) to send some extra oxygen into the water.
I change 30%-40% Ichabod’s water every other day when I change the water for my avocado seeds. At first I was changing the water by pouring a little out and putting in some new. For the same reason that I won’t be hanging him up anymore I’m now suctioning a little bit out and putting in new. You can use whatever you find to use as a pump to suction some of the water out. If you saved the mini-turkey-baster thing from a sea monkey kit then by all means use that! An eye dropper would also work well. I’m using a sterile (never used) plastic syringe from an old science kit.
So, what do you do when it’s time to clean your fishbowl?
First of all I’ve completely transferred Ichabod to the large glass jar where I was keeping his spare water and the rest of the aquatic plants. You will probably want to move your little friend to a similar pre-prepared spot for a good cleaning at least once a week. You can attach a paper towel to the eraser end of an old pencil with rubber bands. Proceed to gently scrub the
fish poop grime off the inside. You can also pour a little bit of salt in and swish it around to scour the inside. Make sure to rinse it several times with clean water so you don’t leave any residue for your friend to swim in later.
RESIST THE URGE TO USE SOAP! DO NOT USE SOAP!
I’m going to keep him in the jar for awhile until I can figure out a better place for the lightbulb bowl. Although, he seems to be enjoying having more room so much that I may just turn the lightbulb into a terrarium! That seems to be a popular idea for what to do with emptied out lightbulbs.