Finally gave up on my paradise fish Laddie. He's continually pale, listless, hanging at the surface, mostly clamped fins- now also looks like fungus starting on his skin.
Is it still gill flukes? I don't know. Didn't see any flashing. And the other fishes in the tank are so active, flaring and dancing around each other in spawning mood. none of them look sick at all. On his last day I gave Laddie his favorite food- a red wiggler earthworm. He snapped it quick, but didn't color up with excitement like he used to, and right after went back to hanging still. Later in the day very unhappily I dug a hole under the hydrangea, and Laddie met a brick. With his head. This is my last picture of him.
Then I moved all my young white clouds into the window tank. (Because I need the 20H tank space for the black skirt tetras- see my 45 journal.) Very lively in here now! Lots of displaying and chasing. The larger, orangish fish among them is the mother, and the one with brighter red on fins is one of the adult males.
It's nice to see them so exuberant, but not the same as having a fish that seems to recognize
you, drift over waggling fins and tail, eyeing you sideways through the glass expectantly. My smaller fishes pretty much only pay attention to each other. So I miss Laddie- and Perry before him- already.