Well…guys…it’s been awhile. I have been avoiding writing this blog because it just makes me so sad.
We lost one of our Endlers a few days ago and the worst bit is that we don’t know how or why. It was our eldest, whom had a gorgeous color pattern and was so beautiful to watch. I tested our water parameters and nothing was a wry. More mysterious was that we could find no “body”. I searched everywhere both inside and outside the tank. My hubby seems to think he was eaten, but with his brothers so much smaller than him, and in such a short amount of time I find that very difficult to believe. It remains a mystery.
In truth, there were signs that something was not quite right. It took me a little while to notice, but he wasn’t eating as well as the little fry. The 3 littlest guys would go right after the flakes as soon as they dropped in the tank, and our eldest would swim about the tank aimlessly, almost frantically. I didn’t notice any parasites and our tank parameters were OK (I tested shortly after noticing the stress).
I was pretty bummed. I spent the next few days searching the tank, the outside of the tank and the filter for any evidence regarding what happened to our little friend and after coming up short, pronounced him dead.
I reflected on that for a while and considered giving up on the hobby. That seems to be my first initial thought every time something goes wrong. But, you know what? The 3 other little guys were eating and doing great and my shrimp seem well, too.
So, I moved forward. Happy I did.
The Red Cherry Shrimp are worrying me a little. Well, one of them is. Our very cherry shrimp likes to hang out in one spot while her tank mate likes to roam all over the tank exploring, cleaning, eating. I’m not sure what’s wrong, or if anything is wrong at all, but it doesn’t move very much at all. I have been researching reasons why this might happen but other than molting I can’t find anything solid…
That is my tank as it stands today. My poor Lox has the flu so we have been quite shut in this week. Once he is feeling better I will add pictures and update more!