August 5, 2016
I don't know if it is the nice weather or just the infection taking over again, but I spent time in my fish room today and did some work to get it back up and in shape. Strangely, I found a healthy female Notho (guentheri I suspect) swimming in one of the tanks. She was just a little skinny, but I have no idea how she survived since I really haven't done anything for many months. It's not that I had many fish over the past few years, but I completely ignored the hobby over the winter and well back into the fall. Much as I hate whining, my legs simply were not well and climbing the stairs and standing long enough to care for the fish was exceedingly difficult. Fortunately, my E. annulatus and lampeyes are in the living room and they take dry food readily.
So the last couple of days have been strange. Actually got outside and did some yard work and somehow my legs seem somewhat stronger lately. So down into the basement I went. It actually is not in bad shape. Yes the tanks are mostly dried out (those without a cover), but the covered ones were fine. I actually have some java moss doing fine in one, so I guess I have a starter culture for that. I started a brine shrimp hatcher in order to give the female Notho some live food and also spread some into the upstairs tank and make the E. annulatus happy. We'll see how long this older BBS eggs take to hatch and what percentage of hatch I get.
What am I going to do? I am still a bit unsure of my plans - both whether or when we are moving to Florida as well as how my body holds up. It drives me a bit insane not working with Nothos and I really would like to add some SA annuals too, but do I want to risk ignoring them in a month or two ... I just don't know yet. Some days I want to jump in feet first and run 200 tanks again and other days I consider that idea insane. Realistically, I suspect a few tanks with some easier fish is probably the way to start again.
UNYKA is meeting this coming weekend for the first time in a couple of years. I think I will see how it goes before I add any fish to the room.
Anyway ... stay tuned. I will let you know what's going on.