Well yesterday I did a complete tear-down of my uberis and miscellaneous male tanks. This was partly because I couldn't stand looking at them, and partly because I am going to be picking up some aqua soil today.
My poor uberis male first managed to jump out of the tank and land on my top shelf before falling around two metres to the floor. I couldn't quite reach him so it took another five or so minutes before I could get him back in the tank.
Then once I had removed all the leaf litter and siphoned off the peat moss, I noticed that only the female uberis was still in the tank! I rush back to the bathroom and luckily the male was in the colander I use to drain the water through.
He is now flaring at the female and exploring the tank so I assume he is feeling better.
My miscellaneous male tank was so disgusting. While it looks natural, having peat moss and leaf litter as a substrate makes cleaning harder (you can't disturb the peat moss without sending it everywhere) and it tends to end up smelling like rotten egg.
The positioning of the wood in there was also not very good and so I cut one of the pieces in half to give them more places to hide. I also procured some java moss from another of my tanks and positioned it around the wood. I think I need to maybe put a WTB on some of the Australian fish forums for a couple tennis balls worth of java moss. I forgot how good it is to have in wild betta tanks.
Apart from that, my male stiktos is still looking after his fry and eggs. The fry are now almost fully horizontal so I think they should be leaving the nest soon. Be interesting to see whether the female ignores them or predates them.
My hendra fry is loving having more space to move around. I can't wait until it starts looking more like a fish and starts getting its adult colouration in.
I have tried emailing the transhipper about whether or not she has a hendra pair in stock as I really want to buy them, but so far no luck with a response. I am worried someone might get in before me.
Oh well, suppose if that happens I can always contact Hermanus and see what he has in stock and whether I can just import directly with the next shipment.
Pictures will be coming later today. It's morning here and my fish have just woken up.