From the disaster tank, I was able to recover the drift wood, substrate, nymphoides taiwan, and about 25 inches of good healthy java fern rhizome.
My father had kept aquariums for as long as I could remember, and when he passed away this past Christmas Eve, one of the many things that had to be dealt with was the big aquarium that he had a common pleco and koi in. His health had been failing in the months leading upo to his passing, and there was no way my mother could care for it
I did the best I could in finding homes for the fish because my wife and I didn't really have room in our house to keep them. I was able to find a home for the koi here in town with a family who has an outdoor koi pond. It is a beautiful seven year old 24" long fish. The seven year old 20" pleco on the other hand proved to be impossible to rehome.
We were unable to fit my dads tank in our house. I am unsure of the exact volume, but I figure it was around 100 gallons. It was a non standard, fairly tall tank, but relatively short and narrow. The other problem was that the seams were in rough shape. My wife and I did some rearranging and were able to fit a 75 gallon.
This tank is not as tall, but has a larger footprint so more room for the pleco. I built matching stands for the 75 and my 20 long, and did a small bit of work on the small tank.
My original tank scape just felt off to me...
Though our cat enjoys it...
So I removed the small slate, and replaced it. I removed most of the gravel substrate and replaced it with sand.
Bianca is a very active fish, even during the day. My wife and I enjoy watching her when the moon lights go on, because many nights she will start swimming around in a manner that can only really be described as ballet. She is a deceptively graceful fish.
This pleco was given to my dad by my youngest sister, and she passed away four years ago so there is a sentimental attachment. We named the pleco Bianca because I am pretty sure she is female, and Bianca is a traditional name from where she is from. My sister hand caught Bianca as a juvenile in the wild in Brazil. She has a mangled pelvic fin that was either injured, or has a birth defect, my sisters compassion kicked in, and she somehow managed to get Bianca back here.