Happy Hump Day!
This week has been a whirlwind! A little about me: I babysit for many many kids whenever I am able to, and one of my favorite families has 2 boys ages 3 and 4. The 4 year old has cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain). Because of the hydrocephalus, he has a shunt in place to drain any excess fluid that might accumulate. On Monday he was rushed to the ER as he was having severe seizures and wasn't responding, and then was life flighted to a big children's hospital in Iowa. He had brain surgery on Monday night to clear out the blockage in his shunt, which was the cause of his seizures. That was stressful for everyone. But the little guy's a trooper and made it through just fine. I went to visit yesterday afternoon and he was still pretty groggy from all the meds he was on, but he woke up a couple of times and talked to us as much as he could - his throat was raw from being on the ventilator. His little face lit up when he saw me though - melted my heart! He's still got a bit of healing and recovery ahead of him - but I know he'll do just fine.
I know fish don't rank anywhere near human life, but I had a scary moment with Alistair on Monday morning - he was laying on his side, fins clamped, at the bottom of his new tank and wouldn't move at all even when I tapped on the glass. I think it's just because the filter is a bit too strong for him. I bought some "Marineland Rite-Size bonded filter pad" to cut and see if I could baffle the flow any - and I think it worked quite well! It's more of a trickle now - still effective, but not as strong as it was, so I think he'll be happier now.
And then there's my little guy Fiyero :( He's not doing well. He's lost nearly all of his color - gone from a bright vivid blue to a dull translucent brown with stripes. He hasn't eaten or pooped in nearly 2 weeks, so I'm fairly certain that's his problem, but lately he's been laying on his side at the bottom of the tank and not swimming around - only to come up for air. I've got him in a bit of Epsom salts right now, just .25 tsp/gal since he's a baby still, and I'll up it to .5 tsp/gal if he doesn't poop in a couple of days. Silly little fish worries me <3
Icarus is doing well - I've been doing daily pictures and posting them on my Photobucket. (The link to the album is in post #73) He's getting a tiny bit of red to his tail! Woot! Still just a tiny little squirt though - he eats like a piggy though, so I know he'll grow soon enough.
Alaric is doing well - I think whatever he was battling, he handled it on his own, yay buddy! He still isn't pooping on a regular basis, so I have to watch for that, but he's much more active (became more active when I changed the filter to a Tetra Whisper 10i - maybe there's some correlation there?) and just seems happier in general now :) He likes to play in the current that the filter makes and doesn't seem to be pushed around by it, so it's not baffled by anything right now. He's got more of a green iridescence to him now than he did before, but still has the blue and red he's always had. Love watching him grow - I can't believe I've had him for almost 4 months!
Darryl is doing well, too. He's a very active fish and is constantly swimming all around - he even flares at me sometimes when I go over to talk to him. He seems to be a very healthy fish and I love having him around :)
Pascal is... well he's Pascal haha his tail is healing from the latest filter escapade. I really don't know what to try next. I just don't think he's meant to have a filter lol There is one more option I'd like to try - http://www.amazon.com/Elite-A896-Spo...+sponge+filter
. I have that one in Darryl's 3 gallon tank and with a water bottle baffle it makes little to no current and he can swim RIGHT in front of it and it doesn't have much intake. Once Pascal heals up from this one I think I'll try that - and that will be my last resort.
I think that's all for now - I'm going to go see my little guy at the hospital again if he's up for visitors :)