Shosta, Shosta, Shosta
This fish has PROBLEMS! I think he must be skitzo or something... at first his aggression towards black objects was cute, funny really. He and my fiance even got into a game of hide and seek with it today... involving the laptop... Basically, Shosta saw the BLACK laptop and was flaring like mad at it, so my fiance put something in between the tank and the laptop, logical right? Well the crazy fish swims around the tank until he can see the laptop again and starts flaring at it, so the fiance moves the item blocking Shosta's view and the game continues.
I saw this happen first hand today when I was sitting at my desk, maybe a foot away from Shosta's tank, surfing the interwebs on good ole lappy and the little fellow is patrolling his tank, sees that I have a black object, swims up to the front of the tank, flares at it for a moment, and then goes back to doing whatever he was doing. (This went on for about 30 minutes or so) UNTIL he completely SPAZZED on me out of the blue and ROCKETED around the tank.
Up until today he's had no problems what-so-ever and is in good fishy health, showing no signs of stress, external parasites, or what have you. Scared the living you-know-what out of me. So I move the computer, to where he can't see it so well, and go look to get a closer look at the little freak to make sure he wasn't sick or injured and oddly enough he had CLAMPED his left pectoral fin. That particular fin only. So I had a panic moment and checked him out and got the all clear, nothing wrong. He swam around for about 10 minutes like that, just holding that left fin close to his side. I even gave him his evening meal and he gobbled that up. Once I saw that there were no problems with his fin I calmed down a bit. Lol.
So he's back to swimming around being his happy fishy self, left pec. unclamped and doing his little dance for me. It's like he ENJOYED terrifying me!! This guy is just all sorts of weird.
Get this, he even showed off that he was ready to mate by, wait for it... wait for it...
Doing a mock embrace like I was a female betta and he was trying to prove to me that he knew what he was doing
I swear, having him is going to be quite the adventure.
NOTE TO SELF: Don't allow Shosta to see black objects for long periods of time... he'll throw a spazz fit.