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30 March 2006 @ 11:39 pm
After a peaceful couple of weeks, there have been two fishy disasters in a row. The first was when I fed them a chunk of bloodworms, only to find one of the new fish on the aquarium floor, unable to right itself, just an hour or so later. I checked the net, which suggested that swimbladder problems, especially those caused by overeating, sometimes right themselves, so I figured I'd give it a day or two before I thought about euthanizing. However, now the little guy has apparently flopped himself off somewhere under the log to die. Sigh. I'll be more careful to make them *small* amounts of bloodworms in the future, but I can't do much about a fish that decides to eat itself to death!

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.