E tu, Brutus?
Today Apollo vacuumed Brutus's tank and did a water change. Within an hour Brutus was lying on the bottom of the tank in his dugout, struggling to breathe. His eyes were swiveling around, following us around the tank. I could tell he was about to die. Even though we had treated the water and added medicine for stress, I quickly threw in about 15 teaspoons of aquarium salt. I'm not exactly sure what caused the problem (though I have my suspicions), but the salt seemed to help, even though I was convinced he died several times. Over the course of an hour and a half, Brutus started fluttering around and his breathing improved. Now, five hours later, he's swimming around the tank, as if nothing happened. If he survives the night (I'm confident now), I'll go to the store tomorrow and get some medicine. It appears he has a spot on his head. I'm hoping it's not one of those holes in the head things I keep reading about.
We lost a betta, Jock, this last week after a water change. I'm wondering now if SD is adding something nasty to their water that the fish just can't handle. Poor fella's.
Though I didn't like Brutus at first, I've really come to like him. He's got a face only a mother could love and a great personality. Funny thing about Brutus is he loves Apollo! He swims backwards whenever I come to the tank, but he always swims towards Apollo. Sometimes he'll even get excited when he see's Apollo up close the tank and start bobbing his head! I've never seen a such behavior in a fish! I'm sure he reacts to Apollo this way because Apollo always falls for Brutus's begging and feeds him, a LOT. See how he recognizes Apollo with the fish food package?
I'm already planning on getting his "grown up tank" i.e. resort. Though only about five inches long, he's not far from growing out of his current 29 gallon studio apartment.
On a happier note...
The other thing that is nearing the end is my CarolAnn! Last night I finished knitting the body. Tonight I stitched up the bottom with an "I" seam and attached one handle. Next I need to add the other handle, create and sew in the lining, and add a trinket and or snap. I'm nearing the finish line!!
Good thing too 'cause I have so many projects lined up that need my attention. Next is a teensy Harry Potter bookscarf I'm making Chad with size 0 dpns and embroidery thread. After I finish the bookscarf, I'll be working on my summer scarf and The Jennifer, my next purse. Yay, I can't wait!