Well I've learned a few things since the last update, which is good
1) 2 weeks is not enough quarantine time, despite how healthy the fish look and act.
2) Rainbows are shrimp seeking missiles.
So I bought some Boesemani rainbows, awesome fish. Ive wanted them since starting this tank. Went to the lfs and got 7, took them home and put them in my qt tank. Now i was under the impression that juvies all look rather washed out and that it was difficult to sex them at a young age. Well, after about 2 weeks they were settling in to their new qt tank and they all looked pretty male to me. All had a clear blue/orange split and none were the greenish colour I've see in pics of females.
So back to the lfs, they have always been good with returns (dead or alive) and have a 30 day full price/60 day half price guarantee. Went to scope out the other rainbows to see if they had some females, yup found some that were a more olive greenish colour with a more pale yellow tail. I decided to exchange 4 males for females. This brought me to 3M/4F ratio, now i am pretty new at keeping fish and never kept bows but from what i've read this was much better than 7 males for several reasons.
Back in qt with the others. Males were excited to say the least
haha. But this is where i got impatient, they new additions seemed fine so i assumed they were just like the originals. Left them in quarantine for another 2 weeks anyways, kept a close eye on them and all seemed good so into the 75 they went.
. Within a couple days i noticed a tiny white spot on the big females fin. At first i figured maybe just damage from netting so i just waited and watched. Couple days, couple more spots, all looking like grains of salt now but still only like 3 spots total on 2 fish. Well not a big deal i suppose, did some quick research as i didnt feel meds were needed and Ive used salt/heat before in unplanted tanks. Settled on heat and Ick Attack. Temp slowly up to 87ish and dosing Ick Attack as per directions. Spots spread to one other fish, but still only about 5 visible spots on 3 fish at the maximum. Been over a week now since the last spot so I'm starting to decrease the heat.
Only thing i would recommend with using Ick Attack is to make sure you change/clean your filter floss or any mech media (prefilter sponge etc) often. I actually took off my fluval prefilter and used an aquaclear sponge because it clogged in about a day and a half. For anyone interested, none of the livestock skipped a beat, everything was still eating and very active during the whole heat treatment. No deaths at all.
Now the cherries had been taking over this tank, my gourami is more interested in "feeling" them and the corys are only a big longer than a adult. I'm sure some were munched on, but not like this. In went the bows and holy shrimp massacre. They lock on to any movement and attack with lightning speed, as soon as this happens the rest of them are zooming in to see whats going on and jump in on the attack.
Not the greatest pic but i was able to catch them swarming a shrimp. Ive even seen them sneak up behind fully grown adults and scoop them up from behind, mouthful of sand and all. Then spend the next 20 minutes swimming around frantically with little shrimp feelers hanging out their mouth trying to choke it down. Which they do. Somehow.
Oh well good reason to start another tank
Just thought I'd mention it as a warning. If you really like your shrimp population do not add larger rainbows, it does not matter how many hiding spots you have, they find find and kill them all. But you'll have some happy fish!! I think its kinda cool to watch them hunt too, the whole group stays in this tight "high alert" formation and anything that moves gets bombed. Including my corys, falling snails (which i swear they will choke on) and bits of leaves floating around.
K enough talk heres some pics...
Monster amazon swords! lol
Same girl later in the day, showing more of that olive green colour.