The second one was entirely my fault, though. I had some java moss, and various sites recommended using a hair net to hold the java moss onto the log until it grew into place. I was iffy about this once I got the hairnet because, well, it's like a mini fishing net. I should have gone with my instincts. I'm here to tell you -- ignore those 'how to make a java moss log' articles. Because no matter how flat you bind it, the current or growing plants will work a bit loose, and if you have small and curious fish like danios they will investigate, and you will come home to find a fish wiggling inside the mesh. Worse, it was my big gold male, who I am much more attached to than the missing young gold. He had gotten himself so tangled I had to cut the piece of net he was in loose, and then take it and him out of the tank to work the mesh free of his mouth and fins.
He was pale and shocky last night, but this morning was in normal color and tonight I found him swimming about with the others, if not with his former level of tank-bossness and energy. But his beautiful flowing tail -- he's a long-tailed gold -- is half torn off. I put some Melafix in the water to ward off opportunistic infections. I wonder; do fish tails grow back, or will he always be Half-Tail Joe?
I also discovered that Amquel+ poisons my plants, unlike Amquel, so on top of the fish ish, I had an anacharis fall to pieces, my Brazilian sword lose leaves, and my rotala has gotten rusty edges. Argh!
Need a fish icon.