Hi guys!!! Great to see you! I'm still a bit lax with the updates, been a bit busy and also struggling a bit with the health stuff, winter isn't my friend any more and getting around/lifting things is getting harder by the year.
Anyway, enough about creaky old me! I have fishy/prawnish updates!
First of all GOOD NEWS on the prawns. They're healthy and happy - and breeding! Successfully! We now have SEVEN prawns! I really didn't notice right away. I was eyeing the female the other day, thinking she hadn't grown much, compared to the males. Then I looked harder, and thought "is it just me or is she getting *smaller*??!" haha!
So then out pops the female! And I'm like
So I'm thinking, this extra one might be a successful survivor of the very first egg batch that she dropped not long after they arrived. No idea what sex it is, yet..
So I'm all excited as heck -- when out pops *another* one! This one's only about a half a cm long, and still very transparent. A baby prawn! I was SO EXCITED!!!!!And thennnn --- I saw *another* one!!!! it was about this long: -
So cute! Newborn prawn!
I guess they're happy in the 10 gallon. But really, I must organise a much bigger tank for them soonish. They're so territorial, four is really too many for that small space even with all the hidey spaces they have. let alone *seven*!!
The "pond" (3ft) is still a bit messy, I'm doing a tidy up with tonight's water change. Bloody snails! I've now plucked another sixty or so out. I have declared a war. I'm taking no prisoners. The prawn think this is a great idea, as it means many more snacks for them.
I have six half grown baby minnows now, and Aang is really fat, I think he's eating the majority of the babies that've hatched lately, they vanish pretty quickly. Even so, if the minnows keep breeding like this, I'll have to find homes for them as I don't want to overstock and that tank is about at its limit for stock, in my opinion.
Without the java fern, it looks less jungly, But I won't get more in until I've eradicated the snails. In its place, the java moss has *exploded* and I now have far more of it than I really want. I mean, TONS of the stuff. I can always put some in the new prawn tank, I suppose..
And -- we have a brand new betta! Daughter decided the empty tank was too sad, and purchased us a little lavender marble veiltail. She called him 'Tweek'. He's settling in alright, but is still pretty new so I don't want to take pics for a while yet, in case the flash stresses him out. He's *tiny*! Not quite a fry, but plenty of growing to do.
I can't wait to take pics though, he's just lovely.
I still dream of wilds, but the winter budget is always tight, power/gas bills being as high as they are. The little spare room out back is slated for a fishroom come summer, though. I am determined to have at least two wild species once I have nicely settled tanks for them.
The biggest downer about not being wealthy is that all these things must take so much time to achieve. Oh well, it just means I appreciate them more when they finally happen.
I hope all my friends here are well and your fishies too. :heart: