Sorry for not updating, I've been busy! February has honestly gone so well and I just feel so happy all the time, there hasn't really been any drama, my new semester is awesome and so far I'm doing quite well in my new classes. It's been a fast month which is great, and I'm only a month away from going to California for a week which I've been looking forward to for like a year.
The bristlenose pleco juvies are doing great, and are so fun to watch. Their two week preliminary quarantine is up on Sunday, and since they're from a trusted seller and haven't shown any signs of illness I can comfortably loosen my standards. They make me happy, they're fun to watch (especially in dim light) and are eating very well which I was kind of worried about. They're taking Omega One Veggie Rounds with pleasure (they're my favorite algae wafers, because they actually have kelp and spirulina as their top ingredients and then go into high quality protein as opposed to most algae wafers which start off with fish meal and wheat and then have some veggie matter in there somewhere), and then I'm supplementing with zucchini and as of last night frozen peas, both of which they love. I'm so glad they're taking peas since I always have them on hand and they're easy to prepare, and it gives them the bulk fibre they need. The peas also didn't cloud the water like zucchini did, but to be fair I added carbon after the first zucchini feeding. I want to check out the NLS wafers too sometime. Does anyone know anything else I can feed them? Here's some pics! Sometimes they're more washed out than other times, it doesn't appear to be stress related. From what I've observed lighting is a bigger role (they actually lighten up at night).
Group eating zucchini at night (hence quality)
Hopefully a girl
Group shot looking nice and dark
Two of the fish have this redness on their fin spines (fin spines?), I think it was shipping damage since it has faded and didn't spread or anything (I've been watching). Any other ideas as to what it is?
I have a four day weekend, and I've been feeling pretty motivated so I got a lot of boring fish stuff done and cleaned out the ocellata baby tank too which was such a mess. I'm trying to get things looking better.
I also bought a stand for two 20g tanks! One of the tanks is totally bare, and the other is holding my ocellata adults so I have to move that one out of my room and onto the stand. I'm going to try to have the empty one set up and cycled for the spring auction which is in the middle of April, so if I buy anything it can go straight into there after quarantine stress free.