So as I was looking for some Vallisneria Spiralis I wondered into and out of several Aquatic Shops and Pet Centres. I was in one in particular (they get regular bad press regarding Fish Health) I saw a “temporary housing” of roughly 15 female Betta in a small 5 gallon space. So I want to pull out some of the worst of these poor fish. I also saw a very poorly looking Crown Tail that was housed in a tiny Hexagonal thing (less than 1 US Gallon) So this got me thinking about what I can do to help out these fish.
Popped into an Aquatic Centre near me looking for some food for Kojin when I spotted this guy again, he was being kept in a tiny Hexagonal Tank (has been for at least a month), along with some Corydoras (didn't notice what type but same size as him 5cmish), snails and shrimp, one moss ball, lights, filter, heater.... the entire thing was roughly the size of a 15cm cube. Also tested his water as he was very very erratic (rushing in his bag, doing "crocodile rolls" and found that the water parameters were terrible (Ammonia at 4.4PPM). I added Tank Water (room temperature) to his bag, took out 50% and repeated until I tested the water at 0.4PPM so have added some stress coat and Capatta to my 8G, he is currently now sat floating in the tank within the bag. He is still very frantic within the bag but is calming down and I am looking forwards to releasing him in little over an hour.
So onto the name, Ouro this is clearly a short form of Ouroborus (the snake that eats his own tail) once I can take some decent photographs of Ouro I will show his initial state as best I can. Damage I noticed was to the following
• Dorsal Fin - Looks as though most is missing, if not then small Dorsal Fin with lots of tears/bites
• Ventral Fins - Both sides look very tattered like it's been caught in a filter.
• Anal Fin - Very Tatty, along length is tears and bites
• Caudal Fin - Again a right mess, the webbing is very uneven but also looks as though each "tendril" has been at least nibbled with a few look stripped of fins in total.
Other than that he is a very fine looking Tri Colour Crown Tail, a couple of pictures of him floating in his transfer bag.
Final shot shows state of his fins
Kojin's Keeper Since 08/11/2018
Ouro's Keeper Since 13/12/2018
Opal's Keeper Since 21/01/2019
Rose's Keeper Since 11/03/2019