UPDATEEEEEEEE! Woohoo! Haha.
It's Monday, therefore, it was water change day.
I changed everyone's water 100% except for the 10 gal with my girls in it. I'm going to wait to do a water change for it. I want to hurry and get a big testing kit asap. I don't want to clean and then end up putting the girls into water that isn't ready yet. So hopefully I can pick up a kit this weekend. Maybe. Depends on how much my paycheck is this Friday. :S Hoping to have some extra money for the kit since they're kinda pricey.
Anywhooooo, onto the boys. I did Abby's fish first and come to realize the containers they are in actually hold a little more than a 1 gallon tank does. Which honestly surprised both me and Travis. They used more water than both Triton and Sol's 1 gallons did. So I was kinda like wow. Haha.
Casta is doing pretty good. He's still kinda ify with people. He'll finally come up and wait for food to hit the water when I feed them. He'll come to greet me every once in awhile, too. But he's still a little shy. He also will not flare. He doesn't flare at Alistair beside him or flare at the hand mirror (think it might be hard for him to see the mirror through that container though). So he's pretty docile and shy from what I've seen. I blame Walmart! Lol.
Alistair is a social guy. He's constantly coming up to see me, he'll go to the side of his container to see Casta, and will come right up for food. So he's a prety happy guy. ^.^ Also, one of the males with the biggest body. Out of all the boys, I'm thinking he's one of the oldest. Because body wise, he's a tank. Haha.
I did Sol's water next. He has really perked up since he's been here. I constantly see him swimming around and he loves to play hide and seek apparently. I think it's cute. He's still orange colored and has like a blue iridescence on parts of his fins. I thought he was an orange dalmatian but I'm starting to think otherwise.
Triton was next. I felt kinda bad because he had just built a big bubble nest the day before and I had to destroy it. Oh well. Gives him time to build another one, I guess. Though I've noticed something, Triton does not really build many bubble nests. Every so often I'll see one but not as often as Diablo. Other than that, he still swims all over and knows right when to come to the top for feeding time.
Then mister pouty fish, Diablo was next. I had to destroy a couple bubble nests this time around. The silk plant on the right of his tank had two leaves that sat right at the top like an indian leaf would be for breeding. So he had bubbles under both leaves. One was kinda scrawny but the other practically filled the corner of the tank. He gets so upset when I destroy them every Monday then builds a bigger one to spite me. Haha.
Next was Blackbeard. He has yet to eat anything for me. I'm not sure if he is sick or stressed or just depressed. He'd sit at the bottom of the container and rarely move. Then he shows no interest in food. I placed him beside Alistair and you would think World War 3 broke out. Both of them were flaring and trying so hard to get at each other. I wondered if maybe Blackbeard feels lonely. But anytime you put him near another male's tank, he instantly gets aggressive. So I'm not sure. After his water change, he seemed to perk up more. He's moving around more but still won't eat. He doesn't have any spots or tears or anything to suggest he's sick though. [Bad pic, I know.]
The other new boy isn't interested in food either. He just swims right passed it. Most of the time he swims around and around, every once in awhile stopping to rest near the top. I also noticed something hanging from him today. I thought something was going on with the scales on his side but then I realized it was poop. Poop white enough to blend in with his body, practically. It was there before the water change and still hanging after the change. So I'm honestly not sure what might be going on with this one. I had thought that his fins looked clamped before the change but I don't know. [Not a great pic but eh.]
Then I didn't change their water but the girls are doing great! They all get along well and all come up to be fed together. Jade even jumps out of the water for food. Haha. One thing I noticed though. The other day I noticed that Darcy's belly was huge and there was a big white spot on her underbelly. I only noticed it with her. Then today I'm looking and everyone is huge except for Phoenix. I'm quite sure they're all full of eggs. Darcy and Luna are huge. Athena, Selene, and Jade aren't quite as big. Then Phoenix looks like she normally does.
I ordered 4 plain 1 gallon tanks to put Alistair, Casta, Blackbeard, and the other boy in. I know...the tanks are small. Too small. But any bigger than a gallon is expensive from what I've seen. I'm not rich here. XD
Then I ordered a bunch of silk plants as well.
Then I plan to head to Petsmart this weekend to see what I can pick up.