life is very short. last year, my father in law died not altogher unexpectedly from a heart attack. that knocked the family as it was but 5 weeks later some junkie nut case murdered my brother in law (same family as the father in law) all for some stupid arguement. he was only 30 odds. it was the first knife murder of the knife amnisty that year.
ive attended more funerals in the last 2 years than i care to mention and it does make you really sad, but it also helps you to gain some perspective on your life.
i used to think my life was terrible, but life is what you make it and once you get that perspective things seem better. theres bad things going on in my life and family just now, but i wont be letting them drag me down.
i managed to get my hands on a 2nd hand juwel vision 260. into which i have transplanted my mbuna colony.
the only thing different from the old tank, other than size, is the coral sand im using at the front of the tank, because its pretty.
thing is a couple of (?)females are digging pits in the sand and violently defending them. they have never shown this behaviour before.
in addition to this, a couple of males have started to display to the (?)females and to other males. they do a sort of mad 'dance', swimming round each other and shivering like a demented washing machine.
the thing thats bothering me is that theyve never showed this before, and now theyre in a bigger tank thay're understocked.
i would love fry though.
i have 2 bumblebees (1 M, 1 F) 1 orange blotch white thingy several cobalt blues and yellow labs 2 mystery zebras (one yellowy purple and one blue) 2 red zebras 2 auratis (1 M, 1 F) 1 johanni (F) 1 elongatis and one mystery mbuna with a deformed face. they add up to around 20 fish in total although its hard to count the yellows and blues as they are very similar and very quick.
theres a lot of caves and a couple of plastic plants and a largish bit of wood in it too.
im not sure of sexes except in the auratis, johanni and the bumblebees as the males change colour.
does this sound anything like breeding behaviour and how many more do i need to put in?
fish generally grow to the size of their genes, however they have been known to become stunted in environments that are smaller than they should be. something to do with ammonia/nitrite/nitrate/something else poisoning. i think lhg would know
i wonder if someone should phone the like of watchdog on the telly and see if they would investigate the poor conditions/lack of knowledge etc, and maybe even scandalise the superstores or embarrase them even into changing their ways.
i think (and ive said it before) that one of the major issues is that the sspca and the rspca are unable (unwilling?) to do anthing because aquatic life is not covered by the current animal laws. imagine the outrage if syrian hamsters were left in filthy cages and left to fight each other to death because the staff cant be bothered to separate them when they mature.
of course public opinion doesnt help - its only a fish etc which very often causes me much anger, but how do we begin to alter that?
my lfs is a very good one, im lucky enough to have 2 actually local to me - the indepenent one and dobbies which i rate very highly. ive been in 3 stores in scotland over a decent geographical area and they are first rate in my opinion. and as far as i know the staff in the fish keeping dept are dedecated and know their stuff. i witnessed the one in ayr training a new start who didnt know a thing and a few months later knew a lot more. however i also have 3 branches of Acorn pet stores local to me and they are frankly terrible. the fish are almost always dead and the tanks are disgusting.
my local dobbies on the other hand refused to sell me cichlids until i could prove my ph was adequate. and they remember what your stock is.