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.