Hi everyone! I know it's been such a long time since I last posted anything besides sick fish, but I've finally got a few free minutes to show you how the tank has been doing over these past few months! As many of you know, I had to euthanize Speckle in November. She was suffering from issues related to her swim bladder, and her abdomen had become soft and swollen I was very sad to see her go...she was my very first fish and I had a great attachment to her. In addition, I had to euthanize my ranchu Dorito in December also due to swim bladder issues. Dorito had been a sinker for months, and was at the point where he (found that out towards the end) could no longer move up from the bottom of the tank. He had developed lesions from sitting on the bottom for so long...I didn't think it was right to let him live like that. He went peacefully and let out a big sigh as he fell asleep. I knew I had made the right decision. I got another fish in December - Chai, a pompom oranda from Dandy Orandas! What a pleasant company to deal with Chai has thrived with her new tankmates, and holds her own against Mr. B!!! My tank dynamic feels "just right" now with 2 females and 3 males. My nitrates have been high lately, so I'm doing some more frequent water changes. All in all...despite the tragedy of losing two fish so close together, things seem to be going well *fingers crossed* Without further ado, pictures!
Chai! Isn't she pretty?
Clem says hello
Before Dorito passed...you can see where he would sit. Anyway, Mr. B, Clem, and Chai dancing!
Pickle, Chai, and Marshmallow (foraging)
Mr. B!!! Everyone's fave.
Marshmallow What a pretty little chu!
Mr. B getting some booty - Chai's tail is a bit nipped up here. It has completely healed since I took these photos
Last but not least...Clem getting a yawn in! I'll be sure to post more often with photos, everyone. Thanks for all your help and love!