RIP Lemony – What IS that lump?

Lemony the female Platy is dead. Sorry if this post is a bit too gruesome for some, it’s not THAT bad but be warned! She spent a night in a hospital tank with a first dose of Myxazin and her behaviour seemed fine last night. Today the plant was holding her up but I looked closer and realised she was a goner. Such a pretty fish and she helped to fend off the advances of Randy the male Platy along with the other two ladies, so I’m sure they will miss her.

She had a small white lump sticking out of her underside and it got noticeably bigger after a day. I have taken a few photos of her to give an idea of the condition. The lump was soft and oozed away from her body when I wiped it gently with tissue. Having taken the outer lump away, more white ‘stuff’ came out of the same place. Could it be fish pus?

Big Boi, the dwarf gourami, is a regular bubblenest builder and defends them keenly. My theory is that he bit one of her scales off and the injury got infected. I observed him sucking in and spitting out a scale so maybe that was Lemony’s.

If it seems obvious to you what the problem was then do let me know. It would be good to know what may have been the problem if I could spot it earlier next time or prevent it happening, or perhaps it’s just one of those things. She is now wrapped up in the recycling bin. I haven’t buried any of my fish but they will contribute to good compost.

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New Bristlenose and a Shy Sore-Bellied Platy

I was lured into buying a new bristlenose catfish today by the LFS – how dare they! He/she is about half the size of Nancy, with a similar colouring and tiny white tips to its tail. I might call it Peta/Peter or Victor/Victoria?! Or Steven. Nancy seems ok so far although I did watch her chase the new one away from the underside of the planted bogwood. There are two pieces of it and lots of room but she isn’t used to sharing. I also bought a lovely piece of mopani root (£4.99 bargain!) which is soaking in a bucket so I can see how much it tints the water; the tannins leached are supposed to deter algae but I don’t want a big imbalance of the stuff nor do I want brown water! I’ll keep it soaking a while. Also, I bought a small fern-like plant; no clue what it is but I’ll try and look it up online.

I had a good 50-60 litre water change today and replaced the white wooly top layer of the external filter with a new one. I bought some non-branded ones on eBay and had to snip a tiny bit with scissors for it to fit perfectly so I hope they will be effective. Big Boi the male Dwarf Gourami is very miffed with me as I have destroyed his nest of dead plant matter. He is determined number 7 will prove irresistible to Betty. He expressed his feelings towards me in the photo.

I’m a bit worried about Lemony the yellow female Platy as she has been hiding out in a flower pot lately. She is getting so skilled at camouflage that the other night I thought she had been eaten as I couldn’t find her! I assumed she was either hiding or guarding. Unfortunately, I think she has been hiding as her abdomen looks like someone has taken a nibble at it – her undercarriage looks a bit frayed! And a bit pink. You can just about see it in the fifth photo with Mr C the cichlid (it looks like he’s having a close look at it!) I’ll keep watching and (hopefully) learning!

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Bristlenose Rene is Hanging In There

The lovely Rene is still doing ok. I moved him into a small tank on his own yesterday after watching the male dwarf cichlid Mr C dart at him (picture of the offender below) making contact with his body and almost knocking him off his leaf! He did this three times before I had the tank ready. This is the first time I’ve seen this behaviour. Perhaps because the plant attached to rock that Rene was suctioned to is a favourite of Mr and Mrs C. Two shrimp are happily munching on this plant tonight but this does not seem to offend them. Yet…

Rene still has bubble blisters at his tail end but I’m keeping a close eye on him. He is near the heater (with guard cage) in the pics. Come on Rene!

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