Ugh, I was slack yesterday and skipped water changes. I didn't mean to, but I went for a bike ride with my dad and one of our dogs last night and having not ridden a bike in years, I was pretty tired and sore when we finally finished up.
So first thing on the agenda this morning after a nice soak in an epsom salt bath is water changes.
Apart from that, my two new pairs are settling in really well. Still can't get over how small they are compared to my other fish.
I also cleared up everything with the transhipper about the identity of the fish I was looking at purchasing. They were indeed a member of the coccina complex, and I sent my money through yesterday for them.
They are an undescribed coccina complex species. Whether they are simply a different locality of an existing species or an entirely new species all together still remains to be seen. But they are small, red and a bubblenester so I was sold.
This is the tank I have prepared for them. Since this photo was taken, I have filled the tank and added in some java moss, Asian water grass and duckweed. I want to grab a couple small java ferns and maybe some water sprite over the weekend if I can. I have a 25 watt heater coming in the mail so that should arrive by the end of the week.
I really like this tank. It is great for smaller wilds being long and shallow. It means I can create lots of areas of cover extending from the bottom to the surface without needing huge numbers of plants.
Unimaculata pair look ready to spawn again. Female is absolutely bloated with eggs. Their fry are doing swimmingly (pun intended) and most are easily taking grindals. Can't imagine how many I will have when they all start reaching maturity! Parents have absolutely no interest in hunting the fry down. I was surprised considering how greedy they can be. I know the father wouldn't, but I thought the female might at least catch a couple.
I accidentally gave my spare male tank ich by transferring moss between the infected killifish tank and theirs a while back. This was before I realised the grow-out was infected and so I will be setting up a bare bottom hospital tank and treating the males in that. Their other tank can remain empty for the duration of the treatment so any free-swimming parasites can die off.
Persephone still have not spawned. This is the most protracted courtship ever. They have been displaying and flaring for a couple of days now. Male has a nice nest if only he would use it. I am going to stuff them full of blackworms today and do a water change with slightly cooler water and see if that doesn't induce anything.