Daughter and I had a lovely evening, eating leftover Easter chocolates and watching Charmed, series 3. Got up this morning to see Demyx looking a little better in the hospital tank - his fins are still a mess, but the rot has stopped spreading and he is looking happier. What worries me is that it's almost the exact pattern of illness Sid had... I really hope he doesn't go the same way. I'm so scrupulous with water quality & changes... I don't understand why they're getting such aggressive rot. :(
Daughter stayed with her uncle & aunt for Easter - her uncle has kept fish all his life, both marine and tropical, and said he had the same trouble with bettas until a good store advised him to add something to the water.. but he can't recall what it was! Apparently, it's to do with some mineral issue or other specific to Melbourne water - he added this stuff and never had any problems after that. He said he'll check back with the store and find out what it was. I hope it helps!
Cleo seems to be doing well so far - she's such a lunatic, though. She rattled the lid of her tank by hitting it when she jumped to catch a fly crawling on top of it. Gave me a fright, lol, but she was fine. Just very annoyed at not being able to catch the fly.
I saw THREE shrimp in the tank a few days ago, which was awesome.. I thought only two had survived the Wrath of Cleo but there's another, smaller shrimpy in there too (meaning she only managed to eat half the population..). I feed them by dropping shrimp pellets behind the driftwood at the back where Ms. Eatalot can't get to either food or shrimp.
This surprise survivor would explain the relatively large amount of shrimp poo I remove at gravel vac time. 30% water changes every 3 days is keeping the water extremely clean (I'm paranoid about this nasty fin rot business..), with a light gravel vac once a week.
Daughter has started restructuring her bedroom in anticipation of some new furniture, and a tank for the angelfish I agreed she could have for her birthday in October IF she kept her room spotless until then. It's amazing how much clutter we both accumulate, must be genetic, lol.
My own room is in need of a facelift, too. I think I need some nice plants... there's a wonderful plant man at the Vic market, who sells his damaged nursery stock for very cheap. I think I'll buy the lot the next time I go, and nurse them back to health - my room is great for bromeliads, lots of indirect light. I hardly ever buy full-price house plants when the discounted sickly ones save me money for the sake of just a little time and care.
It's almost time for our annual rubbish skip so I'm preparing to face the shed-of-massive-spiders and the boxes of old stuff in there... I'm not scared of spiders, as a rule, but these things are HUGE.
It's a couple of weeks away yet, and I'm honestly thinking of breaking my no-pesticides rule just to cut down the eek-factor. I probably won't, though. Eek!