01-20-2012, 08:30 PM
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All but a few fish are spot free! One of the tetra (I assume the carrier) is still pretty ragged looking, color is drab, skin looks a little rough but he's eating and behaving normal. I might of saved them all!! the all natural way!
Now you may call me crazy but over the last couple of days I have noticed some increased growth in a few of my plants, strangely enough it's the higher light plants I was worried about the Ludwigia Repens and the Senegal tea plant (which by the way is actually doing amazing). I did completely lose the two Hygro though which I expected. One unexpected loss and kind of a bummer was the acorus. It seems as though the 'grass' just came lose of the roots, found it floating when I got home. Overall plants are doing a lot better than I was bracing myself for. Even one of the micro sword that was struggling before is looking better and put off a couple new shoots. I don't know what to think right now lol.
Now for the fish, I am completely puzzled here, they seem to be enjoying the higher temperature. A couple of the crazy rasbora were trying to spawn!. All shrimp are alive but I found a few snail shells in the substrate. But back to the fish, it's crazy, even the Emerald Catfish seem more active and one of them I swear has grown 1/4" at least. Maybe it was all the brine shrimp and blood worms I was feeding them. I just did some regular flakes tonight and the tank went into an absolute feeding frenzy, even the shrimp were going nuts, One of the crazies actually stole a shrimp pellet from the Gourami and darted up to the java fern and started munching on it.
I may just be going crazy but I swear the fish are actually enjoying the warmer water. And the plants, even the Crypts are still showing new growth, one of the crypts (I surely thought they would melt during the heat) has about 8 new leaves growing on it, and to top it off I have a bubble stone going in the tank right now to make sure the O2 in the higher temps stays abundant for the healing fish.
But again... I still have 6-7 more days I'm keeping the tank at temp to make sure the Ich is fully gone so only time will tell, it may just be a fluke in behavior today but overall the tank is doing well (with a couple plants being the exception). I'm thinking the fish acclimatized to the temp and are now loving it. Crazy fish... Maybe I'll keep the tank at 80 from here on out since obviously no one seems bothered with it.
oh p.s. on the spawning rasbora's it was just two of the females though off by themselves, none of the males seemed interested so we'll see how that goes, I really don't think this is the best time for fry but at least I know now how to get them humpin!