Today was the first day I did any sort of a major water change. I removed close to 30 gallons and put it back in. I left a siphon thing in my tank and gradually removed the water switching between my 4 gallon bucket and the 5 gallon.
That said I've had interesting experiences with my new fish. One of the two Moonlight Gourami
began to turn slightly orange red underneath and on the long feeler looking things. He's been taking plants they uprooted and ferrying them to one side of the tank right under the new filter. Every time he would patiently put the raft together disaster would happen when the raft drifted into the output and fell apart. Then he'd patiently put it all back together.
So I moved the filter to the other side of the tank. Within half an hour the Gourami had moved all the plants over to the side where the filter is.
So I got suction cups and tied down a few small plants in the "calmer" area of the tank, collected the raft material and deposited over on that side. Within an hour you could see where he had gradually picked the pieces up and moved them to the other side. I gave up and moved the filter back and he's happily trying to build a raft again. Though now that there is a few sturdy plants tied to the suction cup he may have better luck with it staying. This particular Gourami is the only one doing it. The other one is still a bland silver, with a slightly visible black line going across the side...and may be a female.
The Gouramis all try to pick at the plants putting them through hell. The loaches are now back to coming out and being annoying brats again by attempting to fence with any fish that happens to be around...but it is good to see them no longer being so reclusive. One of the senegals has me worried a bit. There is slight redness around his back fin ... I will be keeping an eye on him for a bit (It may just be a trick of the light since they are in a lot brighter light now.