For those of you that want to meet Pranzer here is a short video of him out swimming. http://s42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...inepranzer.flv
Sorry I had to work. Right before lights out Pranzer was sitting in the wrecked ship (his spot) and I threw in a pellet down by him. He usually comes out and grabs it. My daughter and I sat and watched hoping he would come out as usual and get it kicking the serpae tetra out of his way. His whiskers would flare up and scare off the tetra and he finally got off his duff and came out and got it and took off fast across the tank like he usually does. So normal behavior for him.
I got home from work this morning, turned on the lights and did headcount..... cant find pranzer. Tank boss the other four-line pictus has a full belly sitting in her spot hiding under a skull decoration. She came out and saw me and acted like she saw a fish ghost or something. She went back in so fast LOL It was great because I dont get to see Tank Boss much. She never comes out it seems.
More searching for Pranzer..... finally sit down and rest a few as I have been on my feet for over 12hrs. Figure Ill check back in a few.. Threw in a pellet, because when there is a pellet he will come and get it. I usually dont throw pellets in the morning, just in the evening with the lights off for the pictus cats.
Ten minutes later.... Finally find him under his wrecked ship. He is wedged way back in there. I start to wonder if I just missed him even thought I looked a few times? I start to stress he is dead.
I grab the net and lightly lift up the ship just a little, I see a little fin move. Was it him moving it or the current? I move it again, fin moves more, he looks at me. I take the hint. I set the ship back down, it sits on his whisker. I had to lift it up about 5 times before he moved his whisker out of the way! LOL He had the pellet too.
he seems to be fine. Little stinker.
I am just amazed at his reaction. I agree the temp could of gone even lower if I wouldnt of sucked out some and added some warmer back in. I was so nervous too thinking I was adding to warm of water and would reverse the problem. I did good though.
No other fish in the tank 2 spotted pictus, 8 serpae tetra, 8 white skirt tetra cared. They all acted normal. I mean it could of bothered them but no one showed any unusual behavior. More active, less active etc.
Pranzer.. man I was worried he hurt himself. He just completely lost control in there. Knocking rocks into the glass, knocking over the shark decoration in there, head butting the glass etc. He made such a fuss and then after he came to the side and told me off he just laid in the log he usually doesnt go in bent in a weird position. I was so worried.
He looks great, no scrapes or cuts I can see from his spaz attack. I am so thankful that he let me know something was wrong. The snail going into his shell wouldnt of seemed to odd to me. It was Pranzer and the snail that made me look at the temp AGAIN.
It was nice to see him come up to the glass right in front of us as he did. he charged out of that log to us. I knew he was mad at me, and I freaked out but also for those few seconds I got to see him, out and actually SEE him. He is so beautiful. I had a few seconds to say to myself and take note to how beautiful he is. That is rare as he and Tank Boss hide all the time. At least I get to see my spotted pictus that do not hide as much!
That is when I know for sure I am addicted to fish keeping. I can look at a fish and sit there and say "wow" at it's beauty and it's personality.
Guess it was a moment of connection with him? LOL My big boy of the tank. It sounds cheesy but I am sure others can relate how attached you get to these guys, and how they are not just a fish but become like a dog or cat as far as pet status. It is just a shame we cant hold them and love them too LOL
Since I am being mushy like a proud fish mom here is another video of one of my spotted pictus (Whiskers) kicking my smaller of the two four-lines (Tank Boss) out of her spot. It cracks me up.