Handy Hospital Tank and an Eggy Belly

Lemony the female Platy was looking a bit rough yesterday and today she has a definite lump near her rear end so it was time to set up the little 12.5 litre tank. She is now on her own with a plant and a flowerpot for company but I do talk to her now and then as she’s on a side table next to the sofa – maybe talking therapy will help?!?

I’ve added a dose of Myxazin, the first of a five day course, which is suppose to help with a range of bacterial problems so I can but try.

The good news is that Stephen the bristlenose is settling in nicely and tours the sides of the tank a lot so we can see him. Good boy. Well he’s got a small moustache so I’m guessing boy…

The prawn still has a belly full of eggs. They look darker now than the whitish colour they have been. It looks weird. Maybe it’ll put me off eating prawns?

While taking pictures, although Stephen was buried in bogwood, a Pygmy sparkling gourami popped its tiny head up. I haven’t seen one for weeks and weeks so perhaps this is the last survivor.

The female betta (who I have not named for some reason) has been particularly enjoying the tv tonight. So mostly all is well.
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Double Trouble

Nancy and Rene the Bristlenose buddies seem very happy together.  They flutter about the tank after each other and have even found a nook each in the bogwood.  Nancy has become a lot more outgoing since Rene’s arrival so we see a lot more of her.

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I managed to catch the two female Bettas together which shows off some colour.  I haven’t made any moves towards finding them a gentleman friend yet.

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I also got a good snap of Mr and Mrs C together and will polish off this post with pics of super fish and a splay of bristles – ta-daaa!

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How Nancy Got Her Groove Back

After introducing Rene the male Bristlenose Catfish to the tank yesterday, he and Nancy flounced around near each other and wiggled over the sides of the tank together. All looked well until Rene nudged Nancy out of her usual spot under the planted bogwood. She tried to find a replacement den, trying out the different plants, but it just didn’t look as comfy as her bogwood groove. This morning, the smaller piece of bogwood had moved a little and the gravel had been disturbed. I could just make out some manly bristles underneath it. Nancy had put him in his place.

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New Plant, New Fish and Old Timers

I’ve been trying to capture photos of all the new fish but the Pygmy Sparkling Gouramis are extremely shy! I’ll keep trying. All fish are settling in very well together. Mrs Cichlid spent the first couple of days after the latest fish addition, hiding out in the rock plant and chasing any who swam too close. She is now more sociable. Everyone seems to be finding their place.

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Betta Buddies and Apple & Ramshorn Snails

Two female Bettas have joined the community along with three snails; an Apple and two Ramshorn. The larger Betta (in the first pic) pecked at a Ramshorn Snail when I added them all to the tank yesterday. I haven’t seen that snail at all today and the other is looking pretty lifeless… Maybe it’s resting. In a fish’s tummy?! The Apple Snail is a big bruiser and is cruising around happily.

I read that female Bettas establish a pecking order but do not tear at one another as the males do. One is much larger than the other so there should be no indecision there. Mr Cichlid is interacting with the larger lady quite a lot. Mrs Cichlid is spending a lot of time in the plant attached to stone and warns off any fish who come too close. Maybe they have decided on their territory at last, spurred on by the new additions.

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