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On the weekend I made a trip out to Petsmart for some more things for my tank.
I got three fancy Tequila Sunrise Guppies to round out my fish population. They add some nice color and I really like the mix I have now. There is one Leopard Danio, one Red Long Fin Tetra, one Albino Cory, one Otocinclus, one blue Fancy Guppy, four Black Neon Tetras, and the three Tequila Sunrise Guppies. Those and many crayfish
I also picked up a live plant for the tank. It has been a while since I had one. When I got home I planted it appropriately and while I was doing that one of the five leaves broke off. Bummer. When I came back a few minutes later, the plant was floating, so I had to replant it a little deeper this time. A little later it was floating again. This kept happening throughout the day and got very frustrating. Leaves kept breaking off too.
By the time I went to bed, there were two leaves left on the root system. When I got up this morning, the plant was floating again, and only one leaf was attached. Grrr. Now I am starting to wonder if the crayfish are doing something to the plant.
Hmm, for a long time now one of my fish (the Sunburst Wag Platy) has been acting a
little lot sickly. Sometimes laying on his side in the gravel, sometimes floating aimlessly, always lethargic and slow.
The other day when I got up I noticed that I couldn't see the fish any more. Totally disappeared. I guess my crayfish had a good snack that night.
Bummer. When I got up today I saw that my largest crayfish had died. Just yesterday it looked fine and was zipping around the tank. Today, nothing. It just lay on its side not moving and looking way too pale.
As I was scooping it out of the tank Elliot was asking me about what I was doing and why. I told him about how sometimes when pets get old they die. I stayed away from mentioning Yoshi.
Of course Elliot being a boy wanted to see it up close and personal.
I was needing something else to add to the aquarium these days, so I though I would head out and see about picking up some schooling fish. I was thinking neon tetras since they are pretty colorful.
At PetSmart the guy I talked to mentioned that they just got their neon tetra shipment and he was still seeing a big die off. It was likely that some or all the fish I bought wouldn't make it.
Instead I got directed toward the Black Neon Tetra tank.
I watched them a few minutes and decided to get a group of five for the tank. So far I really like them. They mainly stick together, are a little smaller than the rest of the fish, but are just as active. In the store I couldn't see it, but in my tank I see that they are a really cool silver color, with a blue and a black stripe down their sides.
Last night when I was feeding the fish I discovered that I don't have one baby crayfish, I actually have two baby crayfish's. Each one is now about 1.5 inches long and look exactly like miniature versions of their parents minus the blue color. The babies are more of a brown color and still blend in with the surroundings quite well.
I will have to keep on top of the population. My co-worker who gave me the 4 crayfish still has too many of them and I don't want a repeat of my snail problem.