Pam and Mr C Are No More. Boo.

I returned from a quite fantastic holiday and found Pam the Platy dead at the surface of the water. I couldn’t see any signs of illness (other than the being dead part) and just her tail had been nibbled. She had a fuzzy coating of mould where one side of her body was exposed to the warm damp air at the top of the tank. Yuk.

The same day we noticed that Mr C the dwarf cichlid was looking pretty awful. He had a white-ish patch which looked like a lump on his head and one of his eyes was protruding. The next day he was dead. There seemed to be a small dent in the white patch on his head. As usual with this fish keeping lark, I will never know what the problem was but perhaps a burst tumour, or conditions such as ‘popeye’ or ‘hole-in-head’ disease? Errr.

Mr C was such a handsome chap and I’d definitely get more cichlids in future as their behaviour is fascinating.

The pictures are of the late fishies in life!

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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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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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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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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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Minnie Inspects Big Boi (the new Dwarf Gourami)

New fish joined the tank yesterday. Minnie the Platy approves of Big Boi the male Dwarf Gourami as you can see.

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His mate is a beautiful female blue Dwarf Gourami. Betty is beautifully coloured and looks great against the plants and under the tank lights. I’d quite like another few of these ladies.

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Platy Fry-Up!

Minnie, Lemony Snicket (pictured with dark fry shadow on her transparent belly, oh and the start of a fishpoop) and Netty are fit to burst! They are all spending a bit of time nestling in plants or hovering (yeah, fish hover) in one place for a while. I don’t think their bellies can stretch any more…. I’ve ordered a floating plant so that will complete my efforts to provide hiding places for any that survive greedy mouths….. Come on girls!

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