Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Northern Virginia
Did a 20 gallon water change today. Introducing the semi-weekly water change to see if it reduces stress on the Sweepers. I did not gas off the water because I forgot to run it into pails last night. Corys took the smaller water change in stride, so seems like a viable option if I can swing one of the two water changes on a weeknight.
In other news, I decided to move the zebra loaches from QT into the main tank today. I also picked up some new fish for the QT. I did not imagine the difficulty I was about to encounter.
During their stay in the QT, the loaches barely ever came out in the open. I saw 2-3 a day in the trenches they wiggled into between the rocks and the glass (underneath the sponge filter). I assumed they were all alive mainly because I never found a body AND I saw one literally dig a hole under one of the decorations and disappear. This state of affairs SHOULD have been a clue that they would be impossible to catch, but I remained blithely unaware of the coming challenge.
....I ended up removing the decorations and draining the tank to 2 inches and I still had to gently dig them out of the rocks. One dug straight down with only a tail fin above the substrate. It took me 45 minutes to catch 4 fish. None died, but OMG.
So, the loaches are out. I had to put the water back in the QT, hunt for the nerite snails to make sure I didn't accidentally bury them when I built the rock wall to keep the loaches on one side of the tank (yes, I built a temporary rock wall, too!), and then acclimate the fish. No problems with the QT fish.
Loaches were acclimated to main tank. Given their previous behavior and the extreme stress of hide, seek, catch, and release, I figured I wouldn't see them for a few days. Yeah, nope. Within 15 minutes, they were exploring the tank, staking out territory, and trying to decide if the corys were family. I have dubbed them the Zebra Gang.
All joking aside, hopefully everyone survives today's adventure. These new additions should be fun to watch. Pictures to follow--I need to upload them via my phone.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. -William Shakespeare
Though she be but little, she is fierce. -William Shakespeare
Last edited by celticfrog42; 01-24-2020 at 11:39 PM.
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