While We Are Away…

My wife has been warded in the hospital since her delivery on Tuesday, and due to some implications in her condition, she will most probably be warded for another few more days.

During this period, I will be staying in the hospital with her too, so I had to make some arrangements for our fishes and plants back at home.

Having reached home briefly, I quickly made some changes to the wirings so that the Gold Fish Tank will have its lightings connected to the same timer as the Main Planted Tank. Previously¬†I did not do so due to a lack of extension cords, and it wasn’t as necessary since no plants were planted in the Gold Fish Tank then.

After that, I dropped the holiday food pellets into each of the three tanks; a full pellet for the 3 feet Main Planted Tank, and half a pellet each for the two Gold Fish tanks. Hope this will take care of their diet for these few days; the gold fishes had been nipping the leaves off after being not fed for one day previously.

Update: If you are interested in our lives with our baby Darius, you may check out Our Little Dar blog.

Wounds Recovered

Checking the wounds again today, we realised that they were gone from both the backs of Emo and Momo. We were amazed at their speed of recovery!

Emo appeared to behave normally but the same couldn’t be said for Momo; he had been often found ’emo’ in one corner of the tank, stayed there near the surface of the water.

He also appeared to have problems diving deep into the tank, often floating up by itself and struggling to swim downards, like the condition of Xiao Hua. Also, I saw a long white stringy poop from him, which is a sign of intestinal parasites. We will observe him before decide what to do next.

Loaches Attacked Goldfishes?

I caught the two dwarf chain¬†loaches nipping at the goldfishes’ fins yesterday, and quickly netted them out of our Goldfish Tank and placed them into the Main Tank instead.

A snapshot before the loaches were removed:

However, when we were feeding the goldfishes today, we noticed that both our Ranchus, Emo and Momo, were suffering from bruises at their spinal area. It appeared that some scales have pealed off, and it could be due to attacks from the loaches before they were removed, or some abrasion against some sharp surfaces, the prime suspect being the bridge ornament.

We have re-adjusted the bridges to allow for more space for the goldfishes to go under. Hopefully this will remove the latter source of injury. We hope Emo and Momo will recover from their injuries soon.

Revamp of Goldfish Tank

I was doing a slightly major water change for the Main Planted Tank, trimming and replanting some of the plants as the tank was getting a bit congested.

With some extra plants leftover, I thought it was a waste to just throw them away, so I decided to plant them into the barren Goldfish Tank instead. Goldfishes are known to eat plants as food, so that’s why I haven’t been placing much plants with them. However, these leafy plants appear sturdier and it’s always better to give them a chance for survival rather than just dumping them away.

After placing the plants in, the tank sure looked brighter and beautiful, striking a nice contrast between the goldfishes and the plants. Glad to make a good decision.

How the tank looked like previously:

How it looks like now: