Friday, January 18, 2019

Silver Linings – An Update on First World Problems

Trading emails with a certain sweet someone yesterday caused an incidental hope that all my recent posts haven’t been too much of a downer. I can be kind of whiney. ~grin~ True story.

That said, I can’t help sharing what happened yesterday.

When I went to medicate my decimated 29 gallon tank I found the second and final dwarf clown pleco deceased. It seemed I was down to just the four Dalmatian mollies. Struggling to extricate the tiny body out of a decoration, I was surprised to find three surviving kuhli loaches.

Hang in there, gang...
This treatment for ich is deadly to all loaches, as previously mentioned, so I decided then and there to pull out a tiny ‘hospital’ tank and try saving them. You see, while they appear asymptomatic I don’t dare put these critters into my healthy 10 gallon tank for fear of infecting all those older residing kuhli loaches with the parasite.

Pulling water out of that healthy tank for my trio of survivors, I realized the water felt super cold. With all the drama across the hall, I neglected to do more than toss food in there every day and watch them eat for a minute or two.

Talk about clouds with a silver lining! If not for an effort to save those others, the broken water heater might never have come to my attention. My twelve (?) year old kuhlis could well have all died.

Fortunately, I had two spare water heaters. One has a thermostat, the other does not, and I had to swap them after what I hoped was an ich killing hot water bath for the one removed from the ‘hospital’. Otherwise, my survivors were going to be boiled alive.

I am happy to report that the temperatures evened off before my bedtime. The heater with no thermostat warmed the ten gallons to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, several warmer than normal, but it should be okay. My little rescues are in 82 degrees, two lower than what they’d lived with for the last week of my failed attempt to heat treat for ich.

Oh, crap. I set the thermostat too low on the oversized heater and only now noticed the three survivors are in seventy degree water. Ugh...

Is it wrong of me to nickname my four initial carriers as ‘typhoid mollies’?

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10 comments:

  1. I rather like typhoid mollies. Kind of fitting.

    No worries about discussing your tank. All this sounds very upsetting.

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  2. You know at some point or another we all share things that someone might not care for and others find info they might need. Share on. Typhoid Mollies.....like it.

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    1. Thank you. I know you're going through a tough period. ~hugs~ The fact you're taking time to visit means a lot. Take care, my dear.

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  3. I know nothing about caring for fish. I'd have to read and read and study some more if I wanted to have fish. I don't want to have fish. I would feel sorry for them right away.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Big hug. ♥

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    1. I'm not sure how much longer I'll run tanks at this rate. ~nods~ We shall see. Take care, my dear. Hugs back to you!

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  4. Typhoid mollies- I like that :) Glad you discovered the broken heater.

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    1. Thanks! I'm so lucky, really, considering. Be well!

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  5. hope, everything will be OK with your fish
    have a great weekend

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    1. Well, so far so good with what's left of the population. ~sigh~ The three rescued kuhli loaches seem stable to go back 'home' after a water change in their original tank this afternoon. Thank you for the kind words. Be well.

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