03-16-2014, 08:58 AM
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This week started badly. On Monday evening looked in the Killi tank and the male was at death's door. He was flat out on one of the pieces of wood under some Christmas moss, very grey in colour and 'breathing' rapidly. Everybody else looked fine, water params were spot on and couldn't see anything else out of the ordinary. He didn't move the whole evening and I came down the following morning to whip him out. Hunted around for him and finally found him lying on the sand but still with us. Kept an eye on him throughout the day and there was no real change but found him near the top of the tank that evening but not looking good at all. Each morning throughout the week I have come downstairs expecting to have to get him out but somehow he has kept hanging on. Must admit his colour is returning, he is a bit more active and he is occasionally hunting for food. Think he is a long way from out of the woods but he does look brighter. I have never seen a fish even 'hold on' from how he was looking let alone recover, if he comes back from that I think he will have to be renamed Lazarous.
Looking at the plants in the Amazon tank and the E. tenellus doesn't seem to be doing too well but then it is a long way from the light and there is a lot of surface cover. Also, bizarrely, the E. densa is melting. I suspect it may be the 'cooler' variant and I think I might replace it with Stargrass. Other than those two everything seems to be growing steadily, which bearing in mind the surface cover, is quite pleasing.
And, finally, the Cardinals are being joined by a group of Emerald Catfish (Brochis splendens) and, to make up the numbers, some Peru Gold-Stripe Corys (Corydoras sp. cf. aeneus) today. These are just being acclimated as I type, will try and get up some photos later. I also picked up a couple of Assassin snails (Anentome helena) as there are a few 'pest' snails kicking around the tank and whilst there are only a few at the moment just want to make sure it doesn't get to plague proportions and it is not easy to get them out of this setup. The Assassins will go into the Killi tank once they have done their job to keep this a true biotope.