I apologise for my lack of activity. I decide to take a break.
Well, as usual it's not good news. I cracked my tank shutting the lid. It got a bit jammed and I thought it would just slip round. To my suprise the plastic hood remained and it snapped the glass. The crack spans about a third to a quarter of the way from the top at the back of my tank. At first I thought it went straight to the bottom and I was doomed, but it wasn't that far down fortunately. I had just done a WC, so I managed to siphon into a bucket while I shoved a handful of towels under the crack as I did not want the electrics to get water in them, so I turned all my tank electrics off.
The fish are fine (well, not everyone, but I'll get to that) and are living in a third to half of the usual amount of water. I fully intend to repair the crack with aquarium sealant and a glass insert the is "L" shaped so it's covers the whole corner properly. I'm praying it works, if not, my tank will be replaced, and this one will end up as spare with a glass partition in after the crack so it can still hold water. That or I'll sell it, someone will be able to use it for a hamster or something.
Well Nyx and Carpathia are both ill. I think they have a severe constipation or dropsy. They seem to have some pineconing but nothing too severe like all my other fish that had dropsy. They have bouts of rapid and slow breathing, and I'm fasting currently, and have fed peas. I'll be going out to get some Epsom salts if this doesn't help. They had no symptoms other than very slight bloating, so I just assumed they had a little too much. I'll also be getting some clove oil, because it's clear they are suffering, but because they seem to not be deteriorating any further, I won't be euthanising until I know that death is certain and there is nothing I can do. I'm a firm believer animals are PTS too early on, and for too smaller reason because it's seen as the 'fairest' option.
Well I think life is just too precious to go taking it away so easily. I'm only generalising on personal experiences.
Also... I'm giving up on sorority. Well not giving up, but I will no longer be keeping a sorority, as I feel like this is not what I'm looking for. I'm able to keep two aquariums, one will always be a community,and the other something... More extravagant???
I'm looking at taking on a pair of discus or a pair of convicts. My tank is on the smaller side, but I'm looking into a canister filter and or sump. Quite a difference but, that's what I'm doing, still researching which would be my best match. My all time grail is discus, but we'll have to see. I certainly will only be buying from a reputable breeder this time and no LFS fish.
The little purple/blue and red girls are doing really well! I'm happy to say. They have lots of growing to do and I'm hopefully going to be keeping them, oh yeah, I think I forgot to explain the part where I think I'll be rehoming all my girls. I am really attached to them all so I don't know. Tank dividing ? My plan is not set, but, if anyone should be interested in rehoming them to a good home, I'll give them to you, and you can collect or I can ship (however I'd rather not due to the fact they could be infected with some kind of disease knowing my luck.) I wouldn't even consider taking on these girls if you couldn't quarantine them for a good amount of time. Please let me know if you are interested. I'm not sure if Nyx and Carpathia will make it, but if they do, I will be very unlikely to offer them for rehoming, it just wouldn't be fair if my miracle fish didn't stay with me.
Basically, I'm taking my fish keeping in another direction. I'll still have a Betta in my community, but, I probably won't have any in my other tank. I mean, and then there is the sneaky 8 gallon I was thinking of putting in my room at my other house. (Shh don't tell anyone.) So I could easily keep another boy or two in there, but that's not set it stone.
Bettas will always remain my favourite fish type. There is something about them. But, I'm just taking a little break.
Should anyone still be interested in my fish keeping with reduced amounts of Betta posts, I'll continue to happily keep my journal updated. I completely understand if nobody is really interested after. Well, there are many parts of fish keeping, and this is just one of them. I'm starting a new chapter hopefully soon.
Practically none of that makes sense, and I'm sorry, I'm not in the mood to rewrite it. I just hope you get the general gist.
I'm going to most likely remain inactive for a while, sorry.
I've not died or anything haha.
Sorry again. -BB