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post #21 of 95 (permalink) Old 03-10-2018, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Water change day... Yay....

That one zebra, oh that one zebra. Ever really hope that you'll lose a fish, while simultaneously hoping that you don't because your rooting for him? The reason you hope that he won't is because you bough him and his buddies thinking you could properly house them but found out you couldn't in the tank you had. You lost 5 of them apparently from stressing them out by playing tank hopping, he's the only one left and if he passes away you won't have to upgrade everything, and as bad as he is doing you fully expect he won't make it.. I'm that person. Only thing is that after spending 2 days hiding in a cave barely moving, my expecting to wake up to him being gone by the next day and getting a betta to go in the tank the zebra is in, zebra boy has rallied. He's got a name now, his name is Marty. I bought artificial plants to give the betta some top cover and as I was placing the plants, I noticed that Marty was out of hiding. He's been out of hiding every since, and he was very eager this morning. Me this morning, "Yep he's still swimming around darn it... Aww I'm going to make sure to include the smallest pellets I can find and soak them so he doesn't have trouble eating them, here baby he's some broken off pieces of brine shrimp." Looks like I'm going to need to get a 20 gal long, and 6 or so more zebras. What I'm not sure about is if I should wait to get the zebras, Ive done enough rushing in and really do not want to rock the boat since Marty and the betta seem to be co cohabiting peacefully so far.

New betta's name is Cinnabar, he's a lovely red veiltail with a blue wash (at least I think it's a blue wash) that makes his body look purple when the light shines on it. His occupation today seems to be glass surfing the back of the tank, I'm not sure why but am hoping that he looses interest in doing that.

Pinkerton is really enjoying his anacharis, crypt, and anubia, jungle. He's a bit more active and is still leaving his tail alone. Yay for small successes.

Mercury is still doing well, he seems to be the most cautious of the 4 betta, and while he'll eagerly beg for food he ducks away if I try and get him to follow my finger as I trail it along the glass.

Poor Monet. He's still not doing well, better then he was but not well. His behavior is still totally different then what it was before he got sick. He's still coming up for food, but is very lethargic, and no longer comes out to greet me like he used to. The vibrant blue on his body is now a dull wash over the red, and I don't know if he has the marble gene or if it's in indication that somethings wrong.
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SIP my beautiful boy. Monet I wish I could have solved the puzzle of what was making you sick. I wish I could have saved you. I'll miss you and will always love you. Goodbye baby, SIP
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I'm so sorry for the loss :(
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Well I haven't updated since I lost Monet. I still miss the little guy and hate seeing his empty tank. I'm not sure what I want to do with the tank, but I lean most towards tear it down. I'm letting it sit empty for a month at so that any bacteria, fungus, or parasites die off due to lack of host, before I make a final decision. If I decide to keep it set up, I'll still tear it down and do a complete cleaning before setting it back up. 4 tanks were a bit much for me to keep up with , but then it might have just been partially due to the stress of his being sick and my not knowing what to do to help him.

Mercury remains the shyest of the 3 I now have. He's a sweet boy, but if I try and get him to follow anything he goes and hides among the anacharis rather then come and investigate. He always comes out for food though and will swim to where I feed him whenever he spots me.

Pinkerton seems to have started styling his tail again, dunno why but I do know I've done everything I know to do to get him to stop. He's my jumper, and if I do not put his food in the water he will jump to try and get it. I need to start playing with him more, I got busy and slacked off on doing that. It seemed like he bit his tail less when I played with him.

Cinnabar, is doing well. He's not glass surfing anymore and seems to be content patrolling the tank. He decided to try and snack on my fingers when I cleaned his tank this week, before giving up, silly boy. His tankmates also seem to be doing well. Marty the Zebra Danio is a confirmed pig and given his speed he has an amazing ability to gobble up the pellets before anyone else has a chance to eat. There's also the bronze cories, in there. They've finally settled down and are no longer zooming around like a bunch of 3 year olds on a sugar high set loose in Disney World. Unfortunately Marty and Cinnabar seem to have paired up and decided that the corys should starve, I've had to get creative to feed the corys and not overfeed the other two.

Upcoming plan is to switch out the gravel in Cinnabars tank and replace it with sand. I think the corys will be happier with that. I'm also wanting to replace the filter on that tank because I've read multiple reviews of how the one I have tends to malfunction and empty the tanks water onto the floor, and I want to get a glass canopy and get rid of the makeshift lid I have on the tank. In the future I hope to get either a 20 gallon long, or a 29 gallon and move everyone into that.
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Mercury is a goregous boy! So very pretty. Then again, I've got a soft spot for crowntail bettas <3

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Did a water change yesterday, and today the new filter or the 10 gal came in. Perfect timing! Hopefully the filter will fit in the space available behind the tank otherwise I'm going to have to wait till the sand come in for the tank and I empty it, it's way to heavy for me to move while it's full of water. The sinking pellet food for the cory cats also came in, so problem solved with how to feed them, so far the pig Marty the zebra fish does not recognize it as food although he did check it out.

While doing the water change yesterday Cinnabar seemed fascinated by the gravel vac. He swam over and stared at it watching the stuff go up the tube. I was extra careful to make sure that he did not accidentally get sucked up.

Both Pinkerton and Mercury continue to do well.

Here's a picture of one of the Corys hiding under the leaf, he stayed while the other 5 scattered when I sat by the tank with the camera. Shy little guys.
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Drs Foster & Smith lost a sale. I've waited for over a month for them to get the Versa Top. Amusingly they put the top on sale without ever having the top in, all last month they claimed the top was expected in 4-3-18, I tried to order it today and now it's expected in on 4-11-18. So if I waited another week to get it and they did have it in on that date (not holding my breath), I would not get the top until the following week. Along with the top I was going to get sand for the cory cats. The sand is the reason I'm not willing to wait another week on the off chance that they top would finally be in.

So Thursday the top, sand, and slate to build a cave should arrive. Can't wait to get the cory's on sand and see how the tank turns out.

Oh fair warning to anyone thinking about getting java fern on driftwood from Green Pro on amazon. While the plant is beautiful and doing well, it came with a free order of either pond or bladder snails. I've pulled 3 out of the tank since I put it in there. I'm just trying to decide if I should pull my ramshorns out of the tank and get an assasin snail to take care of any more pond snails, or hope that I don't have anymore in their. If I put in an assassin I guess I'll have to wait to put in MTS... Not happy about the hitchhikers, not happy at all.
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The sand, slate, and versa top came in, so I redid the tank.

The sand, oh the sand... The sand was supposed to be wet, and supposed to contain beneficial bacteria. When I brought the box that it was delivered in I noticed a highly suspicious noise coming from the box. When I put it down I noticed sand pooling at the side of the box.... Opening the box revealed a pile of loose sand and another, smaller, box. Opening that revealed the Caribsea bag of sand and still more loose sand in that box. The sand in the bag was bone dry and the bag was open at the seam on the side. Last I checked the beneficial bacteria needed to remain wet in order to live, at least all but a pound of the sand remained in the bag so I was able to fill the tank and still have enough left over for what I want to do with the 5 gal.

The fish did not appreciate being moved from their palace into a cardboard box aka 2.5 gal holding tank, and Cinnabar and Marty are not sure that the new substrate was worth the hassle of being moved, they're slowly exploring the rearranged plants, but the cory's seem to be supper happy about the sand. They're busily shoving there little faces in the sand before swimming a bit and doing it again. I can imagine them saying, "Sand!!! Oh, lovely, soft, silky, SAND!" Hopefully Cinnabar and Marty settle back in quickly.
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That one zebra, oh that one zebra. Ever really hope that you'll lose a fish, while simultaneously hoping that you don't because your rooting for him?
I have been there. I bought 12 shrimp to clean my betta's tank, and over a two week period lost all but one of them. I waited for him to die, figuring shrimp just weren't for me, and even went out and got a snail. It's been a few months now and I finally broke down, bought him three girlfriends, and named him Conan. He's a proud warrior, last of his people, survivor of impossible odds, mighty defender against Loki (he rears up every time my betta get's near him), and proud (step) daddy of 12. I've grown quite attached to the little guy.

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Loki, a lovely EE plakat in a five gallon tank with some shrimp and a snail.
Beo, a beautifully ugly little guy (or gal), who's fins are still too ripped and his age too young for me to tell anything beyond "small and brown" in a temporary 3 gallon.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, two ADFs rooming temporarily homing with Beo.


Will eventually add a matching five for the frogs or Beo, depending on so many factors.


Hope to someday own a pea puffer with possibly some otos.

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I have been there. I bought 12 shrimp to clean my betta's tank, and over a two week period lost all but one of them. I waited for him to die, figuring shrimp just weren't for me, and even went out and got a snail. It's been a few months now and I finally broke down, bought him three girlfriends, and named him Conan. He's a proud warrior, last of his people, survivor of impossible odds, mighty defender against Loki (he rears up every time my betta get's near him), and proud (step) daddy of 12. I've grown quite attached to the little guy.

Aww I'm glad that Conan made it! Amazing how we fall in love with them when they are so spunky and refuse to give up. I got so worried about Marty when I changed the substrate in the 10 gal. When I put him back in the tank he took to laying on the bottom refusing to move for awhile and I about panicked. He's fine though, back to his piggy self trying to gobble up all the food.
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