If Phantom's fins are falling off in huge chunks or seeming like they're melting, it's probably fin rot. Depending on what kind of substrate you have, you might even see bits of fin in the tank if it's fin rot. If the missing pieces seem small, it's probably wear and tear. I hope he doesn't lose too much of his fins during the spawning to come. I'm glad to hear Sloth has healed up but I wonder why Phantom hates her? He must want to be a bachelor still. He probably realizes he'll have to do all the work after the spawning. "Crazy female, she's not the one who has to pick up all the eggs and put them back in the nest each time they fall."
Quick questions: what kind of substrate did you use for your planted tank?
I agree, he's not as magnificent looking anymore. :( How can I identify finrot on him, given his color? Seems quite challenging. Sloth is doing wonderfully! Her fins are almost completely grown back and have regained their beautiful coloration, although the blue lines aren't as even. I have the two in a divided (glass divided) tank with some AQ salt and Methylene blue to heal up their fins and let them meet each other. Phantom hates her, but she's pregnant and ready to go! Hoping they don't carry the melano gene...
Sherm is still in QT? Aw, poor guy! Thankfully he has someone as attentive as you taking care of him - I'm still confident he'll make a full recovery and dazzle us all again someday soon!
Oh I most certainly will! It won't be any time in the immediate future, as I have school obligations and have a job in VA, but probably over spring break or somewhere around there I'll be in CA. Will definitely keep you posted!
Hi Nex, I missed you too. Glad to hear your planted tank is taking off. I hope Phantom's fins heal up quickly. He has such gorgeous fins, he wouldn't be the same without them. How is Sloth doing?
Sherm is doing good, he thanks you for asking about him. He's in QT with salt and Vita-Chem for his fins; honestly, they're too long so they're really ratty and feathered. He's sulking though. He won't come up to eat, he makes me stick my hand in the water and deliver his bloodworm directly to him.
Let me know the next time you're in CA, maybe someday we can meet somewhere (like maybe the Monterey Bay Aquarium?).
I figured it was time for an "I miss you, Sakura! We haven't talked in so long! How are you?" post since I haven't been around for a while. Please tell me we have some positive updates on Sherm and that he's fully recovered... I hate hearing about sick fishies.
O.O Ooh, bad Phantom. I had no idea black orchids could do that, I thought the melano gene prevented color changes. I'm glad you and the fish are okay. I hope the hurricane doesn't bother you either. Stay safe! :)
Heya Sakura, me and the fish are fine. I'm about 2 hours away from the epicenter, so it wasn't terrible - actually, I didn't even feel it but that's most likely because I was outside. Sure gave people a good scare though! Thanks for your concern though! Oh and totally irrelevant to your post... Phantom is turning red. I do not approve.
Hi Nex! So Phantom got a little eager for romance and jumped the gun, huh? Sloth was probably like, "Wait, we haven't even had our first date yet!" I'm glad her fins are healing up. Is the white part kind of transparent-white? If it is, her fins should most likely darken up later (98% sure they will). They might not be as dark a black as they use to be, though.
Sherm is doing good now that he's on a steady diet of brine shrimp. I'm in the process of switching him over to live plants so he should be a happy little fella soon. Right now all he has is an anubias, some microsword, and a stalk of rather sad-looking cambomba but hey, it's a start.
Yeah, history is definitely universally useful and yet in so many ways totally useless, lol. But uhm, it doesn't really matter just now since I'm in the midst of a years-long hiatus from college. Some day I'll go back . . . I think.
That would be really awesome if you studied in NorCal. Any ideas on which college?
Hiya Sakura! Both are doing decent. Sloth's fins that were mangled when Phantom jumped the divider are already almost healed, but they're coming in white, unfortunately... I'm assuming they won't be black again, right? Phantom is... Hanging in there. I had a bacterial bloom in his planted tank, so I had to move him to the 1g. He's not as active, but has blown a horrifyingly large bubble nest that almost covers the entire surface area. What's Sherm's status? Crossing my fingers for a positive answer!
I've never been one for History, but it's a universally useful major to have - applies to a lot, just like English. I'm just working through my associates right now in general studies. Hoping to end my stay with a 3.5 so I can qualify for an out-of-state program that essentially gives you in-state tuition rates on Marine Biology courses since Virginia literally has 1 school that offers anything in the field. Aiming for Northern California, of course. :)