So it's been an interesting week. I had taken the gravel out of their split 3 gallon and realized that was what was holding the divider up >< So I tried to cut and fashion one for that 3 gallon but it was freaking impossible because not only is it a bow front but on the back bottom edge, for some reason it's like indented like a mini shelf.....makes no sense.
So I gave Tony the entire 3 gallon, well only filled half way because he's still having some issues swimming. He doesn't exactly tip over or anything like SBD but his head is nearly always touching the surface and has a hard time swimming down and staying down although sometimes I'm wondering if he's not just lazy....
So anyway, Captain went into the 1 gallon-ish critter carrier I got from walmart with a lovely Marina heater in it. They were seperated for almost a week until today when I switched everyone around.
I split my 10 gallon where Remmy and Ditto sit to add in Aero so that freed up his old 3 gallon. I then took out all the substrate in Aero's old 3 gallon and fashioned a rough divider for the babies.
And then the 3 gallon that Tony was in I sanded that and put my new unnamed boy in there (he's a DT! I'm so excited!!)
I found something very interesting though, the entire time they were seperated, both lost almost all their color and became almost depressed. But now that they are back together they colored up beautifully and seem much happier, but who am I to be able to actually tell :)
So everything was good, everyone was settled and I was watching the babies, I look away and look back to find Tony managed to get through to Steve's side!! I quickly bounced up to get a cup but I couldn't help to stall and watch what they would do.
Steve instantly had breeding/submissive stripes which I've pegged down to submissive stripes because he does not have ovaries unless they grow in more later....but so far no triangular ovaries behind his tummy.
But neither of them fought, they circled each other or more like Tony circled him and then Steve swam away. But either way I quickly tried to scoop Tony out but I got Steve instead.
I went to work with the divider, I didn't cut it right so there was a gape at the back of it. I found some old airline tubing, cut a line in it so it would sit around the edges of the mesh and finally put it back in and each of the boys on their respective sides.
Steve keeps going up to the mesh and it really looks like he's "longing" to get onto Tony's side lol and whenever he see's Tony again he gets the vertical stripes but he just stares.
I find this just so amusing and if you are a stony shipper...you will too ;D
Anyway here's some pictures I took of them today!
Sorry for the camera glare, Tony's on the left side and Steve on the right.
And here are Steve's vertical stripes, Tony flares a little but Steve just stares lol It's rather amusing.
My camera actually surprised me since it's usually no good, but here's a close-up of Steve's stripes! What a cutie, his dorsal fin is also become a nice deep blue.
Steve's just so photogenic, Tony either doesn't stay still or my camera isn't in the mood to take a good pic lol So this is why there is more Steve :)
Look at that blue dorsal! And no ovaries in this picture if you look close. At least, that's what I see, perhaps you can spot some out?
A little green irid. I'm in love with his blue dorsal though! I know it's wishful thinking but I wish he could just keep the blue dorsal and then the rest of his fins be a deep red with a blue butterfly outlining but I know that's definitely not going to happen.
And last one: