Well, live and learn -- one of the moss pieces actually --arrived -- and
Sorry piece of rotten goop stuck a razor sharp bit of wire mesh. It went in the bin. Clearly, this company ought to quit shipping stuff overseas.. or at all.. anyway. Like I said, live and learn.
So -- an update!
My 3ft never arrived! It was weird.. the people said they'd deliver, sent me a message saying they were on their way -- and never arrived! I sent them a message, as I was having a nap at the time, but Irish was here and took other deliveries.. he didn't hear them knock, or anything.
I haven't heard a word back.. not a thing. Daughter thinks they were probably in a car accident.
I hope not! (It was payment by COD, so no money was lost thank god).
So much for the 3ft! And I've ordered/been sent a 3ft planted tank's worth of plants!
Thankfully Cole's 10 gallon curved front is here!
It's set up with some nice aged potting mix and capped with sand. It has a heater.. and a sponge filter, as soon as I find a smaller, adjustable pump.. the one I got for the 3ft is too strong for it.
So far I've planted some maxilla and hairgrass I bought at the lovely LPS where I got daughter's ratty cage (no rat yet.. looking.. ) that I made a thread about because I was so impressed with their fish room in general. I also bought two healthy banana lilies.
I'm waiting on a stack of stem plants coming in the mail Monday/Tuesday, as well as some red tiger and green lilies and assorted anubias, crypts.. I have a LOT of those to go in, now. Mosses, and some frogbit. Java fern, too, the lovely needle leaf kind.. and some azolla from the lovely Aokashi (thanks!!!
) -- so many plants
Cole will have a jungle! So that sponge filter will be good, methinks, for providing a little oxygen in there..
The water's been a tad cloudy, I don't think I washed the sand quite well enough. But water changes are helping there. Also, I'm not too worried as I'll be stirring things up when I plant as the parcels come in. Very eager for those stem plants..
Tomorrow I'm tying the anubias plants I got to the gold vine and planting the bigger crypts. And taking pictures! Though it looks a bit pathetic at the moment, ha.
I simply cannot stuff another plant in Cleo's tank, and will probably have to prune a few in the next week or two.
Demyx.. has a sudden, severe case of popeye.
Despite his pristine -- pristine
I tell you! -- water. That poor little fish. So he's in epsom to get the sudden, massive swelling down (one eye is almost out of his head, overnight, the other doesn't look good) and then I'm giving him another dose of antibiotic. I honestly think it may be too much for him, but I can't let him slowly degrade as he is.. not any more. We're all cheering for him, though. He's a little trooper, and such a sweetie. Still eating well (he loves his food, lol) but I noticed today that even in the low level of water he's in, he's truly struggling to swim at all, his regrown fins (not wholly healed by a log shot, but enough to provide resistance in the water) tangle around him when he turns and tip him left or right when he is still. I think if he'd grown to a proper size, it might not be so bad - but he's still only a tiny bit bigger than when we got him and he was just a tiddler then.
Or if his fins weren't so huge, on top of him being a weak, sickly little fish. Sigh.
Fingers and toes crossed for Demyx.
Cleo is.. well, Cleo. She still hasn't managed to eat of any of the shrimp, which I can tell is annoying her no end. She'll sporadically go on a massive patrol of every nook and cranny she can reach, and ends up biting the plants in frustration. So funny.
Cole is.. I don't know. I don't know a lot about plakats, so I went looking around for information/pictures. What I discovered is that Cole doesn't look a lot like many of the plakats out there. For one, his dorsal fin is attached differently... where others have a fuller, fanlike dorsal fin, his is sort of.. U-shaped.
And compared to many, many other plakats out there, Cole is also.. butt ugly.
Well, -I- think he's very handsome, in a brutish kind of way. But he isn't true black, sort of a muddy mix of blue and brown, true brown when he stresses and stripes up. And his head - it's enormous! The booger jumped an inch out of the water to nip my finger today. He's massively aggressive, and in him I think I am seeing the true aggression which bettas are capable of for the first time.
Of course, I adore
him. He's going to love having a bigger tank, I'm excited to get it all finished. Here's that pic of Cole again, just a tad bigger than life-size.. look at that dorsal fin. Have you seen one like it?