08-21-2006, 10:29 PM
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I have an update....and to start this off i want to say I feel like a piece of crap for a fish owner. I feel so bad right now. So here's the story
After I fed them my swordtail was 'guarding the shell' and my neons and swordtail was eating the food in the shell. I got impatient and really really really worried again. So I filled a bucket up with tank water and took the shell that the clown loaches were in, in the bucket. Than after that I just kept empty'ing the water out and shaking the shell to see if they were even in there/if they would come out. So, I got one to come out! And he was swimming so fast he almost jumped out of the bucket and I felt soooo bad I got really teary eyed. Than I let him settle again, and when I was going to net him in the tank, he went back in the shell! So I just held the shell over my tank and shook it again and I got him to come out, now in my tank ATM.
Here's the sad part of the story....I cant get the other one out. And it smells/reaks of dead fish, really roncy if i must say. So I think the other one is dead, and because of that, i cant get him out of the shell. I have shook it around, swished it with water etc...So I took the shell in my garage and used the air hose to try to 'air' him out of there and still nothing! I dont even know if he's in there or not. I dont know what happened or where he is. He might just be stuck/dead in there and not able to come out.....
I took the big shell out too so that eleminates this EVER happening again. The clown in my tank right now is hiding under a little ' cave ' thingy I made. He is so stressed out I can tell, breatheing hard/was swimming fast. I really hope that he makes it. I will be for sure getting him another mate, to ease him a little bit. And later on probably another one....
Thats my story of how horrible I feel of being a fish owner right now.
But than again I was thinking that I might of saved that fishes life, I dont know of the chance of him ever coming out.......
He is swimming around the tank a little more right now.....I've never ever felt so bad in my life towards any animal...