Hmm, after a while's worth of warm weather, and now a buttload of rain, it looks like we'll be tanking the temps throughout the day today and looking
at half a foot or more of snow by tomorrow evening. I can't argue with that, we had a 60* Christmas here in MI, and my pile of seasoned wood out in
the garage went unused both Christmas Eve and Christmas day, boo! The kids weren't very happy with that (or the total lack of snow all together) but
the fireplace can churn out a hell of a lot of heat, so it's not really a pleasant thing when it's practically open-the-windows weather outside.
Oh, and at least one of the fish had enough of Nemo's alpha fish crap, and bit his tail fin off. Just the fin, it should grow back, maybe. Quick
: I should clarify that the tail was completely gone overnight, whereas it was absolutely fine yesterday, totally intact, normal & not
damaged. We visually check the fish every day to make sure they're not nipping each other (Nemo really is an ass)
He's fine otherwise, though definitely not Top Dog in the tank anymore, judging by his behavior. On the downside to that, one of the red/pink ones
kicked the bucket this morning in the last few hours. Older kid found 'em on the bottom on the tank and fished it out with the net. I very highly
doubt it's disease or the tank water being off, the rest seem absolutely happy-go-lucky in there (aside from Nemo, still sulking around in the grass
From what I've spent time reading this morning, glofish tetras live 4-5 years at most, and the neighbor that gave them to us already had them long
enough for Kitty the Catfish to grow from juvenile to adult, which takes about 2-2.5 years. That's my best estimate at bare minimum age, so they were
all around 2.5-3 years old at the youngest this past summer. She'd said she had them for several years, so 3 or 4 could be more likely. They very well
could be approaching old age now and gearing up to die off from it.
I'm still going to do a tank water change, and treat the remaining water (and thus, the fish) for illness, just in case. It won't hurt the fish any,
it's just a waste of tank meds at worst.
Another thing that fish could have died from is hierarchy shuffling stressing it out. They can be fickle creatures with hierarchy change.
on 12/30/2019 by Nyiah because: (no reason given)