It's a cold night in November, and I took my thermometer outside to my small fish pond. Click here
to see several pictures of my pond during the day. I measured the temperature of the pond water tonight with a thermometer, and the temperature of the water was 55 degrees F.
My pond has four White Clouds that I could see with my flash light. All four White Clouds were swimming just below the surface of the water. I could see
that they looked very healthy, plump, no ich spots, and no clamped fins. The males have bright red naturally pigmented areas in their fins, and the females are very plump and shiny. These White
Clouds have done very well in my pond down to a temperature of 55 degrees F.
Now it's a couple of weeks later, and the water temperature has dropped to 50 degrees. The White Clouds have stopped eating. They are still plump and look healthy.
But I've decided to catch them out, put them in one of my large 1.5 gallon fish bowls, and bring them inside my house.
My house temperature is about 68. I put the fish bowl in a cool part of my house so the water in the fish bowl won't warm up too fast. The water will warm
up to 68 in a few hours. I'd rather warm it up to between 55 and 60 degrees F., but I don't have anywhere that is that temperature.
It's now a few days later, and the White Clouds have just started to eat a few bits
freeze dried blood worms,
which are actually
mosquito larvae. I'm feeding them the
freeze dried blood worms because these
worms are more digestible and less like to cause digestive problems than flake food. The White Clouds are still plump and look healthy.
Another week has passed. The water in the fish bowl is now 72 degrees. Three of the White Clouds look very good, and are now eating some BettaMin fish food.
The fourth White Cloud is a male, and he is being made miserable by the the other slightly larger male White Cloud. I may have to move the smaller male to another bowl.
Another three weeks has passed. My slightly larger male White Cloud stopped bothering the smaller male. I think these White Clouds may have spawned. The two
females are definitely slimmer now, and the bigger male is not as active. But I didn't see them spawn, and I never saw any eggs or baby fish. Maybe they spawned and ate their eggs.