Been awhile since I updated the journal.
Let's see, another fish followed me home. There was 3 left at the store and while all of them seemed lethargic, there was one that just seemed to have given up, and resigned himself to his fate in that cup. So he came home with me and I set him up in my 3 gallon tank. That was on Jan 8th. His name is Lagniappe, and been doing very well since then, but someway, somehow, this past week he's been mangling his fins. I'm not sure what's going on but tonight I overhauled the tank, he's not got sand substrate, the bases of the artificial silk plants are buried, I got him 2 anubias and some teleanthera cardinalis yesterday so that's in there. I also found some sharp plastic points on one of his new artificial plants and those were cut off. Fingers crossed that the mutilation will discontinue!
Bruiser, my problem boy has given himself another fin trim. He's determined to be a plakat! I figured he would since his fins were about finished growing back in. He's a determined bubble nest builder and likes to patrol his tank flaring at anything he considers a threat... Usually his reflection and occasionally a snail.
Cinnabar is getting FAT, yep a FAT betta.... The brat has learned that I feed the cory cats at night and patiently waits for the tank top to be opened so that he can catch the food as it drifts to the bottom of the tank. So he's getting a bunch of food at night, in addition to his morning feeding. I'm cutting back on the morning food so hopefully that will get him to lose some weight. Congratulate me! I finally found some decent bronze cory cats at PetSmart, they're babies and sooo cute! I forgot how little they can be. That brings my number from 5 to 8, and I've got a decent shoal.
Picasso continues to morph into a new betta, he's back to being more white then black. He's a goofy little thing and loves to eat but seems to have a bit of difficulty aiming right to get the food. He likes to lunge for it but then misses. The food then drifts to the bottom of the tank....
Then there's Mercury. I'm really worried about him. The past week or so he's been laying on the bottom of the tank more and more, but I tried not to worry about that too much and just kept an eye on him. Today when I went to feed him he didn't go to the top of the tank like he usually does when I turn the light on in his and Picasso's tank. He did finally swim to the top when I filled their feeding bowl with a bit of tank water but then went back down. He stayed down there when I started feeding him, but swam and got the food as it drifted down, after a time or two of that he finally came and finished eating at the top of the tank. The rest of the day he's stayed on the bottom of the tank not moving much and seems to get exhausted easily. He's never been very active, and has always been timid, but this isn't like him. I did a water change and tested the tank's water parameters before it, they were perfect, 0 ammonia and nitrite, and 10 to 20 nitrate. I could use another round of ParaGuard in the tank, it's seemed to help in the past, but the problem is that in a month or two he goes back downhill. I'm never sure if it's the ParaGuard helping or if he'd have rallied on his own.... My poor boy I've only had him for a year and a month so I'd guess he's anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 years old, really not that old for a betta