I apologize, Tiger Face, for accusing you of taking a shrimp snack for the road. We located all four Amanos a few days later in the 20 on the bar, where our CPD population is alive and well. In fact, the shrimp and the rummynose tetras all seem to be far less shy now that the clown loaches are gone. We still miss them, though!
I had been re-thinking my plan for puffers in the 20 long. I want to be able to keep shrimp and other fish in there as well. This was actually decided before we brought the CPDs home last weekend. Instead, we have been looking at threadfin and/or blue-eye rainbows.
I was perusing aquabid.com a few weeks ago, and I found what we think might be a fun experiment. I ordered some eggs: Pseudomugil Gertrudae, Spotted Blue-Eye Rainbows. Shipped Tuesday, 7/28, from Vienna, Austria, they arrived Thursday, 2 days later, at about noon. "20+" eggs for $12.39, and shipping was $18.64. They were packed in peat moss and wrapped in a foil pouch in a ziploc bag. He was nice enough to ship me some brine shrimp eggs with the fish eggs for feeding the fry.
Now, we wait. Up to 2 grueling weeks. I am keeping them in this wide vase (like a tall glass bowl) in about a quart of aged RO water. It's covered with a towel as the vendor instructed, and we're checking it daily.
I have perused Adrian Tappin's Rainbowfishes book, and I will continue to read it when I have time. Thanks @Greggz
for the link to this great book
in your journal!
Does anyone have any tips that could help us succeed with this? I've never hatched fish eggs, and I've never kept any rainbows.
Meanwhile, over in the 10 gallon tank, our Endler's have not been doing great. One of the males became a belly-crawler a few days after we brought them home. One of the females has fin damage; she has a white spot on the dorsal fin, and her tail fin has some damage.
We started with 6 males and 5 females. We are down to 2 males and 2 females. Including the damaged female and the belly-crawling male. I had some old Tetra Parasite Guard & Fungus Guard, and I treated the tank twice with each of them. Today was the 2nd water change after those treatments.
I don't know what ails the crawler. But he's still eating, and he actually has started swimming a bit more lately. I don't have much experience treating sick fish, and I'm concerned that we may lose more of them.
The 36BF is doing great, and it's a bit of a jungle this morning. I am going to trim much of it back today because I have collectoritis, and I ordered 3 more species to play with from @burr740
, so I have to make some room.
I wrote before about constructing a temporary photo booth in order to take glare-free tank pics during the day. I use pieces of my kids' fort-building kit to do so, but they are in fort form right now. I have only leftovers and floor lamps and the kids to help me out. My wife snapped this while my daughter and I were entertaining her by trying to setup for the above photo. Naturally, for the first shoot, I had forgotten to set the tank light to my normal photo setting. So we performed this comedy of the collapsing contraption twice.
All that work, and the rummynoses just refused to come out for picture time.
Oh, well. My scissors are sharp, and it's time to put them to use.