It's been a while since I've posted about this porcelain bowl. But, before I go on, there is one bit of bad news to report: The apistogramma
adult male (I call him the beta
male to distinguish him from the alpha
male that remains in the breeding tank) died after appearing rather sluggish for a few days. He is survived by two adult females of the same species and 5 glo-fish zebra danios.
This was especially disappointing because they all seemed to be getting on well together. The danios spend the entire day swimming in circles while the apistos
lurk in the shadows, only coming out at mealtimes. Mealtimes did tend to be competitive and for a while I worried about the apistos
getting enough to eat. I increased the portions, even as it seemed some of it went wasted.
I also thought about swapping out one male for the other in the belief that perhaps the beta male could benefit from a change of venue. But alas he passed away before I could make up my mind about it.
As for the rest of the bowl, a friend came by the apartment the other day and remarked that I had a beautiful "potted fern" in my dining room. It was only after he peered into it that he realized there were fish in it:
Another thing I fret about is the rate of oxygen being exchanged at the surface as keeping the floaters under control is a constant concern: