Originally Posted by Romad
You're not alone there. I'm constantly re-arranging the plants/buying more/throwing some out etc...
Most of the fish are used to the weekly wc now and don't freak out but the 4 smallest tiger barbs will nip at my arms the entire time if I'm aquascaping. Lil buggers! No matter how much I think I'm used to it, they make me jump all the time. It's a good thing because they keep me in line on the rearranging constantly.
As for fish, I replace if I lose one but haven't added anything to the main tank for a while. I lost one of my emperor tetras a few weeks back bc he managed to jump out of 1/2" opening and I didn't see it happen :( :(
The problem is finding them around here and I hate to pay crazy shipping charges for one or two fish. Grrrrrr!!
First off, I am sorry about your tetra. I had a Mystery Snail sneak through a tiny hole once and Lucky for her, I found her but... she had a huge crack in her shell. She lived another 6 months after that when I came in, she was pretty dried out. She must have left in the middle of the night and I obviously didn't hear a golf ball size snail hit the ground. I always felt bad about that though.
I also know what you mean about not wanting to pay the shipping charges on fish or plants for that matter. You can get wonderful plants or fish for a couple bucks but it cost you another $40.00 or so to ship them. Ugh! For that reason, I stick with what I can find locally. My tanks are filling up with grasses and Swords as they do the best. I keep trying a few of the cool looking stem plants but my fish usually end up uprooting them so many times and damaging them so bad I finally have to just toss them and try again. 5 days ago I added 2 Cardinal plants. They are lovely with a deep purple large flat leaf but... next day, one was floating with all the leaves nipped off. Sassy, Sassy Guppies! Maybe that is why they have such lovely colors, they keep eating my colorful plants. lol
I also know EXACTLY what you mean about the goofy little Tiger Barbs, they love to fart around while cleaning. They are not afraid of much, that is for sure.
Today I was taking the net and swishing it slowly back and forth through the water to collect plant debris. I had to work very hard not to catch any of my fish. Even my Opaline Gourami came out to check out the net. I stopped moving it around so she could touch it and then she was happy to sit back and watch and not get in the way. Can't say the same for the sassy Guppies, they seem to enjoy darting in and out of the net. Guess they enjoy a little ride from time to time. Crazy, funny fish. :)