Well that was almost a disaster.
I hadn't seen my wild-caught burdigala male for a couple of days, and since it was a small tank and it was sending up some red flags, I took all the moss and IAL out to have a look for him.
What I found, was the female sitting on the bottom and no one else.
Uh-oh, I am thinking as I am frantically searching on my floor for any signs of a body.
That was when I remembered the sponge filter. I have one that looks like this
in there, and turns out my male had gone in and gotten himself basically stuck up in the section of pipe hidden by the sponge.
I actually had to cut him out as he was otherwise unable to get out and was very stressed.
Now I have stuffed the entrance to the filter with filter floss so hopefully that should keep him out.
I would have been devastated if I lost him, as he and his female are my favourite burdigala.
His female is such a tiny thing. She seems healthier now than what she was previously. Her fins got torn up by a daughter I put in with her and the male. The daughter thought it was a great game to chase and harass her mother.