So my planted, divided 5gal has been doing amazing. Every thing was going great. I used a turkey baster and cleaned the gravel, and then filled it back up.
I filled it too close to the top of the divider. :( My more aggressive male jumped over it while I was at work. UGH. Both are ok, I think the fact that my red male is very gentle and easy-going is why he survived.
Don't worry about the divider issue, I have a piece of Styrofoam that covers it when I have the lid closed, now.
My main concern is healing my red's fins fast. They're torn, but definitely not beyond repair. Should I QT him? I don't really have the spare tank for it. Unless I switch out my third male in his smaller tank with him.
I've read around that salt is helpful for fin growth? Is there anything else? I hate seeing him all torn up. But he's still got his adorable personality and doesn't seem worse for wear.
I've learned a lot from this experience. :C And I'm definitely happy it turned out better then it could have.
Also is there any way to tell if a male is young? It's so strange that my red male doesn't blow bubble nests, didn't seem to attack my other male back (who came out of it without a scratch) and is just generally laid back. He does have a small bit of clear possible fin growth at the end of his fins. But I'm not sure if that's just that his fins have a very fine clear edge...
Sorry this turned into a few questions.