Well. . . I just took the cover off the tank, and all five of my Rams swam over to greet me, as they always do.
All five of them at the glass, saying their good mornings. . .
Five, not three.
The babies are gone.
The lights aren't on yet, so I *could* be wrong, but C.Cat and Liz are back to swimming with the rest just as if nothing ever happened, and they haven't left their young since the moment those eggs were laid, so I'll be shocked if there are still wigglers in the tank. It's sad, but expected - I was trying really hard NOT
to get my hopes up, knowing how little chance there would be for them in a community tank. I'm surprised that they made it for so long, and so happy to have gotten the chance to watch my babies first attempt at parenting. . . that was the coolest thing I've ever seen.
Now that I've gotten a first peek at the process, I'm determined to get them set up in a breeding tank so that I can watch from beginning to end. I'll be setting up either the 20L or the 29g, but this might take a while. I'm going to take my time and set it up right for them - a mini Becoming, so they'll feel comfortable and at home from the beginning, and switching tanks won't be too stressful. But first I have to work on getting some of my other tanks shut down. I'm getting there. . . little by little.
Speaking of shutting tanks down, lets move onto a happier subject. . . with the wigglers out of the tank, I can now return to my original plan for this weekend, and put in the little wigglers that were supposed to have gone in on Friday; IT'S LOACH-CATCHING TIME!
Wish me luck, as I'm about to head upstairs and wrangle myself a bucket-full of teeny tiny Pangio cuneovirgata and get them settled into their new home. They've come around so wonderfully, the little guys never hide anymore - they're ready for the switch. I'm very interested to see exactly how many there are in there - I haven't been able to count any more than nine for some time now, and I haven't seen any signs of the lone P. Oblonga, either. I don't think he's in there - but I'm about to find out!
What an exciting week Becoming is having!