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Haven’t done a tank update in a while, but I just added some new fish, so I guess it’s a good time.

Picked up a small school of seven neon tetras at Petco today. Pricier than the nearby LFS, but, to be honest, these looked healthier. Anyway, here they are enjoying their new home:

One of them tried to end it all by leaping out of the net as I was putting them in the tank. I didn’t notice he was missing for about a minute. Found him on the mat in front of the tank, quickly realized my fingers were too clumsy to pick him up, so I slipped him onto an envelope. So far, he and buddies all seem to be doing fine: good color, hungry, active.

One weird note: one of the platys decided she didn’t like these new guys, and so kept chasing them. In all my years of fishkeeping, I’d never seen an aggressive platy. I finally distracted them with some crushed flake food, and now everyone seems to play well.

Here’s the latest full tank shot:

I honestly did not realize how dirty that front glass was until I took the photo.

The plants are mostly doing well. The alternanthera is developing a good red color at its top now that I’ve started dosing iron, and the ludwigia repens is putting out new plants. Both may need trimming soon. Here’s a shot of the alternanthera:

It’s actually redder than the pic indicates: I think the glare washed it out.

I’m a little concerned about the E. Tenellus. Both original plants have put out runners with several daughter plants, but the mother plants are looking kind of pale, even yellowing a bit:

Some sort of deficiency? Also, I trimmed the algae-laden leaves after this shot.

The plants doing best are the cardamine lyrata. Lots of new growth, good color. In fact, their trying to take over the area held by the hygrophila stricta:

I regularly have to trim it back so the hygrophila gets some light. (You see some of it floating in the full tank shot. I hope to use the clippings in a new tank.)

And speaking of the h. stricta, while it has good color and lots of new leaves, I’m surprised it hasn’t grown. I had expected it to reach to 4-6 inches. Instead, it’s staying low and getting bushy. But it’s also putting out new plants.

That’s it for now. Fingers crossed the neons adapt well to their new home.

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Because I had the misfortune of dealing with a company that shipped the items I bought promptly via a carrier that delivered them precisely on schedule to my place of business, I won’t be able to get them until Monday. Curse them!

I mean, it’s not my fault that I forgot today is a state holiday, we’d be closed, and Fedex would be forced to reschedule… 😦

All whining and kidding aside, I do recommend Foster & Smith Aquatics and FedEx Ground highly. I’ve never received less than great service from either.

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Sigh. I just pulled another dead panda cory out of my aquarium. Over the last two-three months, seven out of the nine I’ve bought* have died. That’s it. For whatever reason, poor care on my part or weak stock or something else, I just can’t keep these pretty little critters alive. Not only is it a waste of money, but it makes me feel bad as a fish-keeper — I feel sometimes as if they’d have been better off if I left them in the store.

So, no more Pandas. Not for now. The whole point of that tank was to house a pet betta, and it’s been almost three months since Rocky T. Betta died. Tomorrow I’ll get another, and hopefully he’ll last longer than three months.

Some aquarist I am.  Sad

*(Over three batches as replacements for ones that have died.)

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