Oh dear god I'm STILL shaking....like, just oh my god. @_@ I'm SO thankful I noticed this before I left....
Several times a day(THANKFULLY)I get up and go watch/'play'/check on all of my boys a little more close up(they're all in my room, and I can see them all from my computer desk and whatnot). During my most recent check, I couldn't seem to find Ciel. Hes not known for coming up to greet me unless its feeding time, but he'll generally peek out at me or I can see him somewhere. After a couple of minutes of not seeing him, I check the other side of the five gallon to see if he somehow magically got in with Sebastian......nope. I check behind to see if he somehow magically jumped out of the tank even though the lid is rather secure.....nope.
Concerned now, I lift the lid and start moving plants....
And I find him trapped by the suction of the filter intake in between the intake and the pantyhose that I have wrapped around it.
Of course I completely FLIPPED out, turned off the filter, got him unstuck, then cupped him while I went in and secured the pantyhose(it had been a little low, the first couple of bands of the intake were visible)a little better with two more rubber bands.
He appears, apart from being understandably stressed, to have gotten away with just a tad bit of fin damage(which is a little shocking....hes got MASSIVE fins, just a little chunk of his anal fin was taken off. You can't even see it in the pictures I took....). I've seen and treated worse from divider mishaps so I'm not particularly worried about the actual treatment.....but heres my Dilemma:
In a few hours I will be leaving for the weekend. I'll be gone tonight, tomorrow, and at least half of Sunday. Currently he is back in his half of the 5 gallon, filter off....but I'm unsure if I should go ahead and move him to my empty 2 gallon KK, go ahead and let him be....or maybe even just switch him with Sebastian(his current tank mate).