Quarantine for the butterflies has been uneventful (that’s always a good thing!). I’ve started feeding them Repashy Spawn and Grow and I think they prefer the taste of this over the Soilent Green. I like to toss in a big cube and watch them tear pieces off like tiny little sharks! Okay, so the cube of gel food is actually not really big… it’smouth-sized for Clover and Callisto, my two ryukins. But thebutterflies are so tiny that it seems like a really big cube of gel food! Yesterday Sophie nibbled on my hand for the first time while I was doing a water change. These two have never really acted afraid of human presence, but they still kept their distance. But now I think they’re already starting to associate my hands with food. And people say goldfish only have a 3-second memory… please! Today Sophie actually started nibbling at the gel food while it was still in my hand; it was very cute. She’s already almost trained to hand-feed!
Here’s a fun little video of them drifting about in the quarantine tub. Just imagine that the hardwood floor showing through the clear tub bottom is actually a Japanese wooden basin, like this (art by Riusuke Fukahori).
I’ve been really thinking about where to put these two once their quarantine period is over. I want them moved out of the QT tub by Christmas because we’re having a lot of family over to our house and I think being in a tub on the floor with lots of people and dogs walking (more like stomping!) around would be stressful for them. But I don’t yet know where to put them. I can put them in my 55 gallon tank, but it has a noisy gurgling overflow box problem that I want to fix first, especially seeing as my visiting family would be sleeping within hearing range of the tank. I don’t want to put the butterflies in the 75 gallon tank with Clover and Callisto because I want to keep them separate for feeding schedule reasons. I suppose I can just put them in the 75 gallon tank for now, and use a floating colander to feed them apart from the ryukins, until after Christmas when I can get their 55 gallon tank set up. That’s probably what I’ll end up doing.