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Hello there everyone and bonjour.
I started off with a comet and a shubunkin, which I moved into my brother's outdoor pond when I came here to the French Alps. That was a long time ago and I've recently started a small nanotank with 7 neon tetras.
It seems to have taken an age, but when everything had been gathered, plants planted, 4 weeks' cycling, over 2 hours' slowly acclimatising the new tetras... the stress was only just beginning. Aren't fish supposed to be relaxing?
I did have 3 amano shrimp but I think they've gone. First night one escaped, seemingly via the heater cable, and I found him behind the telly; the second made it to day 5 but I'm not convinced he was well when I got him; the third has disappeared this morning leaving just part of his skin behind. He's either moulted and is hiding incredibly well or, the 7 clearly-much-happier tetras this morning are sharing a dark and guilty secret.
I say happier because 3 of them had a blotch of red or white fuzzy bits on them from the start. They've all spent week 1 in different parts of the tank away from each other (except for feeding), but today things seem to be looking up and they're all out and about, and have spent the day together! The furry three also seem to be... fuzzless; and dare I say sparkling?
I think the bug has bitten and a larger tank is in the offing for my little fellas - I may even name them soon - no more shrimps for a while though as I can't live with the stress and the guilt.