I told myself we'd stop here. My roommate gave me a lecture on "Don't you dare bring home another fish." I managed to go through Petco and get a 20 gal on their dollar-a-gallon sale without seeing anyone that tugged real hard on my heartstrings (though I do like my local petco - the manager was very knowledgeable about his fish and their water had just been changed when I was looking at them so I didn't feel too
bad about leaving them behind - besides, can't rescue ALL of them or my apartment would be floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall fishtanks). I got it home, got it set up, was very happy until I realized the water was too cold to transfer the sorority into. So the girls stayed in their 10 gal that was warmer for some reason and I planned to go get a heater the following day.
Roommate comes home from getting some groceries and stuff at Walmart and she comes up without any bags, hands behind her back, looking Very guilty.
"I couldn't just Leeeeave heeeeer...!"
"After all that talking you did at me
about 'don't you get another fish'..."
"I knooooow I knooow but she's puuuurple!"
She presents this pretty little lavender female with clamped fins so I can't tell what kind of tail, probably the standard Walmart veils, she's skinny and nearly see-through. I sigh that I'll have to find what I did with my little betta bowls for QT to put her in because she wants to just drop her right into the 10 gal with the other girls. Which she did, put her in a baggie in there with the other girls to see how they got along. (I can't get the cups to float without turning over so I try to gently bag the girls instead =/) She's... actually pretty feisty. I have my reservations about adding her to the sorority now that they've settled into a chain of command with the 5 girls in the tank minus Dirge and Starscream...
Once I got the heater set up and the water got warm enough, we started cupping girls and moving them into the big tank. 3 new ghost shrimp were included in their new house and after a while of the girls following them around going "what the heck is this thing?" the shrimp seem to have .. uh.. disappeared. I don't know if they're hiding or if they've been eaten =/ I tried re-adding Cosmos/Dirge (we're having trouble telling which one it is XD they kinda look alike) to see if she'd be less shy in a bigger tank but nope. Slips right behind my 'in case of emergency' breeder net and stays put. New girl dubbed Skywarp is QT'd for the time being, I'm not 100% sold on trying to add her to the big tank after all the bag-nipping at the other girls and Slingshot antagonizing her "Ha ha you can't get me~", I might have to divide the 10 gal 3 ways instead of 2 for the other girls.
Wish I could find my camera. >.< She's lightened into this salamander and lavender color and has stripes, or really more like bands, from dorsal to anal. They don't look like the other girls' stress stripes but they could be, I suppose... She's been fed and she has a tiny dose of AQ salt as a 'just in case' since I don't see any rot or ick or velvet on her and some stress coat. She's not perked up just yet but I'm hoping once I get the 10 gal divided and set back up to add fish into, she'll be a lot happier, though when I added the thermometer to her qt to see if she was too cold to be active she started investigating. Maybe she's just bored, I don't keep much in QT for easy cleaning, just a little hidey house because I don't expect them to stay in there for very long...
I'm still a little new and iffy on proper care but I hope I'm doing it right. I also hope the shrimp are okay o.o;;