nabokovfan87 Posted January 3 Share Posted January 3 Hey everyone, I recorded this yesterday morning while mentally taking a bunch of notes watching the fish. It took a silly long time between my phone and YouTube editing to get the sound fixed. Hopefully you enjoy. I'll tag ( @KittenFishMomhere as this was intended to show off the cloudiness of the tank related to another thread topic) Observations... I woke up this morning to the slight red glow of the LEDs switching on. The house was quiet and calm apart from the calming noise of the water movement. Grace was swimming around next to her panda bros and they were hunting together on the substrate investigating something. She paused and looked towards me, her usual morning hello that she gives me. Hard to understand what she wants, but she always just sits and stares at me every morning before she hides into her cave while the rest of the tank comes to life. I sit in the chair and hit record, starting to watch the rest of the tank, hoping to see here pop out. I don't feed the tank right away because I thought it was really interesting that they were in search of food. They get fed a good amount and there was a storm. I was watching the tank wondering if it was breeding behavior or just the pandas being pandas. I watched to the right corner and there was a few of the group hiding under the bolbitis plants. I planned across the tank and watched more of them diving their noses into the sand. The swordtails were also staring at me now, wanting their breakfast. I tried to open the food container one handed, but eventually tossed in some vibra bites. The swords were excited by this news but they have issues with this food until it softens up. I can give them a portion of I crush it with my fingers, but I specifically didn't do this during this feeding because I wanted it to sink and go right to the substrate. I watched a few of the pandas search the pile for their favorite piece. Some of them would push it out of their gills and go into the next. It is an interesting dilemma when watching them avoid the food. Maybe they are doing it because of shape or size or just the taste of the food not being what they wanted. The further I watched, the more I had hoped to answer that question of why they weren't happy with the food today. I added in some flake food for the rest of the tank, watched the swordtail fry finally able to get some food as well as the parents. They were happy and finally able to eat. Maybe this was easier for the pandas as well. One thing was clear... Grace didn't want all the flow to push food (and fish) into her cave as she started to try to sleep. Not fighting, but just a few moments of nosing and her letting those around her know, "hey the food is over there bud." Seemingly everyone enjoys the flake, but some of the pandas were on the hunt for algae, burying themselves in the sand to lay, or hunting across the wood. Breakfast in belly, the swordtails started their usual chasing. The fry weren't as silly and just swam around the wood looking for floating debris to test. I checked in on the female sword that has the tail rot issues and her tail is back to fully healed. She's doing well and swimming a lot better now. She's happy and lurking around getting her breakfast. She hangs out in the back section of the tank away from the other females where she can more easily rest in the flow. It's one of those things where I was able to see the tank be itself and I noticed a few things that I've known, but it was nice to see it verified again for the 10th+ time as it were. I need to get some stems in this tank. The bacopa died on me, but that's likely the future candidate for this tank. That would give the midwater fish a place to feel a little more comfortable as well as spots for the food to get stuck. The swords to perfectly well grazing off the bottom, but it's a lot easier when the food is on the wood or still floating for them. I also want to take some of this moss and glue it to the wood and rocks. I'd love to get a piece of the old 75G scape back and that was one of my favorite aspects. Maybe I will try some of that tumbled lava rock and make my own little moss balls of various sizes for the tank. I think it would add to the look as well as easily move around in the flow. Hm.... I should track down some fishing line. As always, I encourage anyone else to sit and watch their tank. It's a very important, but calming moment of the day. Just sip some coffee with @TeeJayaand try to enjoy the fish waking up. You'll see a lot of interesting behaviors when those red LEDs pop on. Because of all of this I've gone ahead and set my light into the "pro mode" trying to give a lot more reddish hue in the morning and blue lights in the sunset. I really enjoyed seeing those LEDs for a few minutes with that shade on the tank. Let's have a good day today. *Turns on the kettle* 2 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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