Well I've had a very upsetting past day and a half. Our old cat who has a number of issues took a turn for the worst yesterday afternoon, and by this morning was gravely ill. He was very dehydrated, extremely weak and was non-responsive to anything but touch or a loud voice.
My mum had a meeting she had to attend at work and then she took the rest of the day off, dashed madly home and drove him to the vet.
When we got him to the vet his heart rate was extremely low. He is now staying at the vets on fluids and hopefully they can stabilise him enough to find out what is wrong. I am just praying he will pull through this and be okay. If not we are going to have to make the decision to have him put to sleep. It's not fair to have him keep crashing like this and have to keep going to the vet every few months.
Hallyx, that is the end of the heater the apiapi female is in front of. It's the only way I can fit it in the tank and have the cord reach the powerboard.
It also might be a bit hard to send you some persephone as I am in Australia and I assume you are overseas based on the demographics of most members on this forum.
Yeah I am a notorious stocking hacker. I don't even wait for them to develop holes or runs I just go right ahead and cut them to pieces. I will have to put a couple of pairs on next week's shopping list.
My brownorum pair were flirting this afternoon. The female had her breeding bars on and the male was trying to lead her into the film canister even though he has no nest. Be excellent if I could get a successful spawn from this pair as I know several people with brownorum pairs who have never had any luck with theirs.
My coccina still seem to be doing well. The female was barred up and in full colour yesterday displaying to the dominant male so who knows, could be a future spawn in the works once I separate the other male and the lone brownorum out.
This was the female giving me a good photo of her for once. I wish these fish had a richer colouring. I don't know what strain they are but the colouration is not as nice as pictures I have seen online or of the group I owned previously.
Then I discovered today my apiapi female takes NLS .5mm pellets! I thought she would ignore them but she seems willing to try anything once. She also ate a couple of blackworms and the grindals I put in for the male. Undoubtedly she is going to give him another nestful of fry soon.
Their fry are doing great. I am so nervous about these and the hendra fry showing any signs of velvet. Since fry seem to be the most susceptible to getting it in my fish room I am going to be devastated if it crops up in either tank. I have been so careful and have changed my whole maintenance routine in order to prevent infection that I would seriously have to consider my future in the hobby.
They have been eating the microworms I put in, and I also seeded the tank with water from my outside tub which contains a lot of infusoria/microorganisms. I am going to be setting up my BBS hatchery on the weekend and will start giving them daily feedings for the next month or so.