Thanks guys for reassuring me.
He seems to be totally fine. Swimming, eating.
No fast breathing or any sort of abnormal behavior. (oh I have seen that when we first got the neons... I think it left me with PTSD to a point where I am now afraid to get any more)
I think the more I look at them the more I notice, even in this mixed school of neon/cardinals individual fish personalities.
I THINK this is the same fish that ďgoes to sleep earlyĒ and I think he was also the same runt neon except now he grew. He just... goes in the plants and goes pale to sleep before all the other ones. I honestly thought he was gonna be done but the next morning he is all colorful and perky and schooling and chasing. But then he is always the first one to go to sleep while the others are still kind of wandering about the tank picking at floaters 🙂
I spend quite a bit of time looking at these fish and it being a new tank and me being a new fish keeper (and never previously having any luck with neons back in the day) I get paranoid easily.
I just really want these little guys to live good lives. They bring a lot of enrichment to my life and I want to make sure, as I do for all my pets, that I do right by them as well 🙂
Originally Posted by Blue Ridge Reef
you wouldn't want to use such a fish for breeding.
Oh I have no intention of breeding them... I know thatís not always up to me with fish. Iím just interested in them being alive and healthy and happy 🙂
Weíve only had these fish for about a month And the tank since mid-June (this was a quarantine side-effect) and itís my return back to the hobby after almost 10 years. So I have so much to learn still. Breeding fish is not even a topic Iíve researched yet.
I just figured out I have budding staghorn algae lol so if my fish are ok Iím trying to figure how to deal with that now 🙂
(as evidenced by that fat cory, and well filled out neon)
Awww THATS so sweet.
I love my piglets and I am AMAZED by how fast my neons and cardinals have filled out. They were TINY when we got them.
As a guardian of a life, itís my job to care for them and I try my best. Watching them become little fish pigs is just wonderful 🙂