As of a couple of days ago, my little Rams have gotten to the point where they’re feeling comfortable enough in their new home to start quibbling over real-estate. They've all put on their brightest yellows, oranges, and blues - and their darkest spots and stripes. I love watching these guys as they establish their hierarchy! There has been a lot of showy flaring of those adorable top-fins (I call ‘em mohawks *giggle*), chasing, and lip-locking as they determine (again) who's the top dog in the bunch and entitled to the territory of his or her choice. They’re really stunning to see when their colors become super saturated like this!
In other Bolivi news, the two Rams that have been in my QT tank since last Wednesday are coming along, if slowly, and starting to adjust to their new environment. They were in rough shape when I brought them home - the best of a bad lot - but it’s so hard to find Bolivian Rams around here since my LFS closed, and the chain shop only gets a few in every once in a while - so I decided to take the chance when I found them. I’ve been mothering them along, and am finally starting to see them respond.
They’ve gotten used to seeing me at their tank, and are now much more comfortable with my presence - they’ve started swimming out to greet me, and actively gobbling their food as I drop it into the tank. Until now, they’ve kept to hiding away in the back of the tank, and waiting until I was gone to eat. I’m feeling much more confident that they’ll be okay now that I can observe their feeding, and am able to get a good look at them to gauge their health. They’re still so pale and nervous, but I can handle that! There hasn’t been anything to indicate an actual illness, so I think they’ll be okay once they fully adjust to the new water parameters and settle in. I'm sure they'll be MUCH happier once they make it into the big tank! Tomorrow I’ll start getting them used to having lights on in their tank again, and *hopefully* it should be smooth sailing through the rest of their QT. Then I get to find out how my established 4 will do with newcomers to their tank - including a second male!
Hopefully all will go smoothly, and I’ll finally have the shoal of six that I’ve always wanted!
As for the Jellybean babies, a few of the biggest males have established their own territory, and have put on their breeding brights. They’ve been very
busy actively trying to shoo off every other male that comes near, while doing their best to invite any willing females into their little zones. The chances of any offspring of these tiny Tetra surviving in my tank is slim, I know, but it makes me happy to see that they’re comfortable enough to try! The smallest of my babies have grown a bit since I brought them home in July, and are *about* the size of a penny from tip to tip. Sooo
The loaches are just themselves, happy and squiggly and flying around the tank. They make me happy!
I'll try to see if I can get a few shots of the fishy friends later today and post them up!
As far as the plants are concerned, there is both good and bad (but expected) news.
I’m seeing new growth on EVERYTHING, which is fantastic! The plants that were already established in the 29 and the 20 are doing brilliantly. A leaf or two of the Crypt Spiralis melted away, but surprisingly few considering how established their root systems were in the other tank, and the Crypt Wendtii thus far has had no issues with it’s new home *crosses fingers* My big beautiful swords have suffered more than anything else, but . . . I was expecting that. They came from tanks with high lighting and Co2 THEN through the mail in the heat, THEN were squeezed into the 29g for a few days before I could set up the 55 and plant them properly.
news is that there are already a few new leaves forming on them, so it looks like they’re going to make a quick comeback! On the flip side of things, I’m SO VERY HAPPY
to be able to say that the floaters are doing GREAT!!! The Water Lettuce and Frogbit have pretty dangling roots just getting started, and though the WaterSprite IS
showing a bit of die-off, it’s also showing a lot
of new growth and new root systems are forming already, so I’m feeling really confident that this time it’ll make it through. HOORAY!!!
Finally, some fishy drama to round things out. . .
Some of you might remember little C.Cat - he's the Ram that spent a bit of time all alone in the hospital tank while we were battling a protozoa, and hands-down my favorite fish of them all. He’s always been such a cool little guy, very laid-back and easy-going, hard to stress out, and gorgeous with his dark coloration and very visible stripes. He's always the first to greet me when I approach the tank, and seems to spend more time than the others keeping an eye on the goings-on of the outside world. C.Cat is totally my buddy. . .
When he didn't show up for snack-time yesterday I was REALLY
upset! It’s just not like him! The hunt was on.. .compared to the 29, this tank is H U G E, and with so many plants and rocks, he could have been anywhere! Fearing the worst, my husband, kids, and I spent about a half-hour searching the tank before we finally found him, stuck between a rock and the glass wall on the right side of the tank.
We all probably looked right past him a million times without realizing it - because he’s such a dark steely grey, he was perfectly camouflaged in front of the dark stone. True to his personality, he was just calmly sitting there, not paled out or stressed in any way - chillin’ out and waiting for us to find him (what a brat!).
When the tank was set up, I was very careful to ‘lock’ all of the stones into place - the last thing I want is an avalanche - but we created many little caves with the rocks and plants, some are sized for rams, and others are smaller for the loaches. It looks like C.Cat probably found a little bit of something tasty that had been overlooked by the others, and managed to squeeze himself into a spot that was too small for him. Once he got in, he was unable to spread his fins far enough to swim back out again. We shifted the rock, and he swam right out - none the worse for wear. I made sure that there is more than enough room back there for him, so hopefully this never happens again. I’m so happy he’s okay. . .I’d be devastated if I lost him! I do NOT
like fishy drama. . .
And. . . that's all I have to say about that!