I really want to post pictures of the new Dwarf Gourami eggs or tiddlers but…nothing has happened yet! Big Boi has primped and plumped his bubblenest, chased all the fish in turn if they get too close and has chased Betty around a lot. I haven’t seen any dancing under the nest or egg-squirting (that should be a technical aquarist term!) I probably won’t get a successful breeding situation as this has all happened by chance. It would be nice though.
Hot shrimp update: I bought two algae-eating shrimp from the same shop I picked up Speckled Jim. There’s plenty of algae to munch on so they should thrive. I’ll do another water change tomorrow but I want to be careful not to disturb the mighty nest.
The first pic shows the lovely Betty, the second Big Boi and his nest (the mound coming out of the water has a halo!) and in third place, the Big Boi squirting water into the air! Woohoo!
Speckled Jim is strutting around his manor tonight. No longer hiding under the log, he is scurrying about, climbing over plants and even climbed the glass in front of my camera. The show off. I’m not sure how much algae clearing he is doing but George is always on the job. They both posed in the same plant for this photo opportunity.
I tested the water this afternoon and the ammonia is still at 0ppm and Nitrates at 10ppm.
The shrimp and catfish must be good clean folk: Ammonia test showed 0ppm today and Nitrates are still at 10ppm. Jim has done some serious peeking today from behind the log. He must be exhausted as he peaked yesterday.
George the dwarf suckermouth catfish and Speckled Jim the shrimp are still alive today! George has been confidently swimming from leaf to leaf and Jim has scurried about, hung upside down from a plant and has made a home in the end of the bogwood log. Busy.
I used a magnetic algae cleaner on the tank today and it looks a lot better; there is plenty of algae on the plants for those who want to eat it and I have bought a pellet food for them too, so they won’t starve. All is well in aquarium world.
Two new additions to the community are currently acclimatising in bags at the top of the tank. I floated them for 30 mins and have added a little of my aquarium water to their bags. It’s been about 45 mins now so I’ll add some more water shortly. A sudden change in pH can kill fish so I’m being cautious. The new fellas are an algae eating shrimp (looks a giant in the picture) called Speckled Jim and a dwarf suckermouth catfish called George. We are getting on famously, obviously we are on first name terms already.