Hello again chaps and chapettes,
It's been a while since I posted here, my girl and I had some bad news and had to visit family for about 2 months, it's left us with little else to think about, and that's where this post comes in.
We left someone to look after our fish while we were away and they did, dutifully feeding them... but despite the instructions they thought that water changes were a little complicated/hard work and did not do them. I'll guess it was about 6 to 8 weeks since the fish had a water change (you'll be glad to know that we did a 50% water change within a day of returning home). The thing is... despite going that long without changing any water, the fish seemed... glorious. The plants had pretty much exploded, the fish rotund, happy and fat and my tester kit saying that all was well. The only way you could tell nothing had been done was that evaporation had taken the water level below the normal by about an inch and a half. What shocked me was that even the rummy nosed tetras (a sort of living water quality test kit) were vibrant and sparkling. What happened? Did the fully planted nature of the tank save me a disatrous return or was I just the jammiest scamp in the history of fish keeping?
The other point I have noticed is that the Cherry barbs we own have now fully grown. The males are a deep rich red and the females plump and barrel like. And that's the thing... the females all look like fat lumps, there are no scales distending and they look like they've just had a very good meal but they've been like it for months now. Am I feeding them too much? I read that dried food can do this but I barely feed them any (once a week if that), are they ready to spawn? Perhaps an emergency weightwatchers regime with treadmills might be the order of the day...
Any thoughts on this?
It's good to be back :)