So my unimaculata pair (mum's fish) spawned last night. I had changed all their tank around, replaced the substrate and put in a terracotta cave and some IAL so I assume this is what triggered it.
Female used to be the runt of the surviving sub-adults that I sold, but now she is really coming into her own.
The present scape is only temporary. I have some terracotta tunnels on orderm along with a tennis ball size worth of peacock moss and a golf ball size of flame moss that I will be tying down to the tunnels when it all arrives.
Then I will be adding in some frogbit and some watersprite as these fish are very jumpy (male has a cloudy eye from one of his many suicide attempts) and I thought it might help keep them in the tank and diffuse some of the bright lighting.
Also, I know the heater has fallen down. I didn't want to have to mess around in the tank too much because it might spook the male.
I thought I would also share some photos of our oriental cat called Rama/Rami. He is one of those cats that is a vet's wet dream. We got him from a bit of a BYB and so he came with a lot of issues and quirks.
He is a compulsive sprayer (on prozac for that), has gingivitis, has excess cartilage in his throat (vet found that when she went to put what I think was a tube down there) and excess cartilage on his chest.
He used to have extremely bad asthma and I think his lungs actually haemorrhaged at some point. He has this weird stretchy skin and his front legs are like double-jointed and point inwards at this disturbing angle when he is sitting down.
He has basically no immune system, so can suddenly crash if he picks up something a normal cat could fight off. One day he got extremely sick and we rushed him to the vet where they thought he had a blockage and recommended exploratory surgery. We agreed and although they found no blockage, they said it looked like he might have cancer instead as some nodes were inflamed. My mum was hysterical as he was only like three or so at this time.
Turns out though that it wasn't cancer. Just some sort of gastro/stomach bug that he had been hit particularly bad by. Odd thing is, after the exploratory surgery, his asthma basically stopped. He still coughs on occasion, but doesn't need to have medicine daily like he used to.
I think he was younger than the breeder said when we got him as he was so
small. He is the biggest cuddle cat though. I always joke we need to get him one of those baby slings as he loves being carried around in your arms. He also has an addiction to fetching. He fetches the weirdest assortment of toys and household things and will bring them to you in the middle of the night and start pawing your face to wake you up and play. I have a video of him somewhere fetching me a bag of bread.
Yet for all this and the fact he has absolutely ruined our carpet/some of our furniture with his spraying, I would not trade him for the world. Life is going to be that little less fun when he is gone.
The hoard of octopus toys from just one night that I found under my bed this morning
Funnily enough, for all that, his 'Aunt' that we have from the same breeder is perfectly sane and healthy. Only real problem is that she has an allergy to food with corn/cereals in it and will vomit it up.
The whole saga with Rami showed me why it is vital that you do a lot of research beforehand if purchasing from a breeder.