I was stuck in a hospital for a great deal of time,for reasons not really important to the situation- I had to leave for two months and I couldn't look after my tank. So, really needing someone to care for the system, I enlist a friend to do that and watch my home space.
We are no longer friends.
I had a few more rosy reds put into the tank that were ,in fact, doing well after my first failed attempt. A lot was going well in there actually, my wisteria and coulomb plants seemed happy- and my amazon sword plants were promising babies. Java ferns were...doing their thing. I was a bit concerned for them, but figured all would be fine with some TLC. Anyway, my friend starts care for my tank, once we get brief opportunities to talk/email correspond, I ask about my home and my tank. I'm told everything was fine, no need to worry.
I should of been mortified, I nearly keeled over returning home. The tank is an absolute mess. I have to list
the problems because of what I found.
Five Rosey Reds (fish,in case no one is familiar)
two coloumb plants
Two teeny java ferns
Two Amazon sword plants
Basic happy tank
One Rosey Red ( poor thing)
Wisteria is dead( and completely decayed in tank)
One coulomb is alive( maybe?)
Java Ferns are a complete wreck
Amazon swords have survived decently well, but one runner line seems to be dying.
Filter is no longer pumping
Lights and a my water testing kit gone(WHY? I wish I knew)
Water five inches high in tank, filthy
All the plants that died decayed in tank, my fish were never fed.I have no idea how the one has survived! No water changes, not even ADDING water, I came in to find it running with about,oh, maybe five inches of water in the tank. Now Ive been trying to fix it. However, not being able to work for so long has left my very little by way of resources.
So I've got to fix this, but I need a bit of help.
1) Water problem.
I left what was in there and filled the thing back up(properly introducing the poor little fish). Everything is ok, but the water is still a bit cloudy. Should I perform a few water changes over the next few days?
2) The filter
This is my biggest problem. I can't get the thing to pump, I've cleaned it extremely well, the blades are turning fine when plugged in,but it just won't pump out the water. Any ideas? I've no way to buy a filter, nor get a supplement to a filter into this tank. So, the next question.
How else can I save this poor fish and these plants?
If I can't fix this filter, I don't know what to do.I don't want to get rid of anything in haste -I may be able to get a new filter in about a week. Hell, I'll look like an idiot and take one lone fish to the pet store....(If they'll take her) but my plants i don't want to lose. I adore these plants- they were my main goal in this venture. I just don't know what to do and I really need some help.