Passing on of Xiao Hua

Xiao Hua was one of the four goldfishes we bought in May 08, 3 months from today (see A New Beginning…).

We chose her out of the many goldfishes at the fish farm because of her unique colour patterns; she looked like she was wearing a flowery mask for an opera show, and that was why we named her as so (小花), which represents ‘flowers’.

A few weeks after her arrival, we noticed that she was having some floating problems (see Tanks and Fishes Updates) and thought we would lose her then. However, she continued to survive without any problems, and was always very lively, especially during her feeding times.

So it was unfortunate that she was still the least healthy of the four goldfishes, and her time had come.

It was yesterday morning that my wife Cat started noticing Xiao Hua being sucked close to the filter inlet, and hardly swam around. By the time I reached home, she was lying below the plants, almost motionlessly.

It was until this evening that I found her completely motionless and not breathing by the filter, with her tails broken off at some parts. Hopefully this is not the dreaded fins/tail rot disease, as it’s contagious and (touch wood!) could have passed on to the remaining three goldfishes.

Meanwhile, our trio are still swimming around happily and healthily, despite the loss of one companion. Perhaps to them, it was just one less mouth to fight with during meal times…

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:

SAE, Guppies, Gourami

Our older SAE has been behaving lethargic lately, and having a small appetite despite his favourite sinking pellet falling right in front of him. He would in fact spend more of his time chasing the other fishes away, though he ended up not eating any of the food after the fishes had been chased away.

Also, he had been resting quietly at different places in the tank, usually under the shelter of the driftwood. On an occassion, he was resting by the carbon dioxide outlet tube, a place which we have never seen him at before. His behaviour reminded us of an old man, and so probably he had already reached that age.

As for the group of female guppies, we had transferred those healthy ones to our main Planted Tank, and they had adjusted well to this new environment. Although they were not born with fanciful tails like those of their male counterparts, they were still attractive as a whole, especially under the light where their tails would sparkle, some with a beautiful blue tint. Besides that, their presence also seems to bring life into the tank.

For the Gourami fries though, things had not been looking good over the past few days. With more than a dozen fries initially, I could only found one fry still swimming in the tank. All the other missing fries were probably be dead.

We had fed them with infusoria (see Gourami Fries!) and topped up some clean aquarium water weekly, so we do not know what might have led to their death. To think we thought we could have a tank full of Gouramis in the near future…

Tanks and Fishes Updates

Some updates since our last post:

The remaining two female Gouramis were found dead one after another shortly after the death of the male Gourami. Reason of their deaths is unknown, but probably attributed to their poor health from the fish shop.

The female guppies in the small tank were mostly doing well, with the exception of two, who appeared to be infected with some kind of disease or deformity, judging from their body shapes. The rest has been transferred to our main Planted Tank and they appear to be happy with their new environment.

The SAE from the Goldfish tank was transferred to our main Planted Tank too, seeing that he appeared to be starving due to the lack of sinking pellet (which will be eaten up by the goldfishes before it even gets close to the bottom) and black brush algae. The SAE appears happy now with the environment, just that he has been lazy in eating up the algae, and instead just hover always at the front waiting for food to be dropped in.

As for the Goldfishes, all look well except for Xiao Hua, who sometimes has problems keeping herself submerged in the water. She keeps floating up to the surface and she needs to struggle in order to bring her body down. However, this symptom only occurs occassionally and she appears normal beyond these occassions.