It has been a while since I have posted anything since my fish have been so healthy and happy thanks to all the things i have learned here. My telescopes (one female and two males) lay eggs often and I have never had any luck with them. I usually just let the eggs turn to snacks now since I am not permitted any more fishtanks, per my boyfriend (four tanks is really not a lot in my opinion!)
So I have admittedly not cleaned out my canister filters in er,,,, three months or more. Once I removed the top sponge, I went to dump my media into a bucket for a rinse and there was a 1"-1.5" silver colored goldfish laying on the pebbles. I sort of screamed and called my boyfriend over to look (while I hid in the hall) at the dead fish in my filter. He went to remove it and.....it was alive!!! Ever seen that TV show "I didn't know I was pregnant?" It was like that...sort of!!!
So, now I have a brand new baby butterfly telescope, that based on some internet research, is about ten to twelve weeks old. He is quite large and I am baffled that he had survived in there so get to the size he is. He has a straight spine, his mouth is perfect, all the fingers and fins are accounted for. He is pooping normally (although oddly, quite a bit), and this morning he ate some gel food (I figure that is what he has been living on...in the filter!) He must have hatched in the filter or the egg hatched and was sucked into the filter and I assume he has been swimming around in the top two inches of water that the filter permits.
So, now what? I have him in a five gallon bucket with some algae covered anubius and an airstone and he seems happy as a clam. But, I have some questions...
1) will a sponge filter work for a while? I plan on keeping him in a tub for a few months to let him grow out a bit and make water changes easier. If so, how do you seed a sponge filter for proper cycling, or is this not needed. I think I will do water changes every other day and then every three days so I am not sure if I need a cycled temp tank.
2) Should I salt him? Just in case he has any injuries? He looks totally un injured, his gills are a bit pink underneath, and he seems a bit pale to me but he has been living in total darkness so that should change soon.
3) Is it safe and should I prazi him? I am due for my bi annual pratzi on all my tanks so I have plenty on hand (in which case he would get the salt with the treatment.
4) I add baking soda to my tanks to stabilize the PH. I did the calculations so long ago that I have no idea how to prep the water for smaller volumes to ensure that it matches the PH from the big tank. I used a table from Alex to calculate. Can anyone point me in the direction of that table? I want to prep five gallons and eventually a ten gallon and will do frequent water changes so I want to buffer my water properly to avoid any stress on this guy.
By the way, I believe the parents are my beautiful chocolate tele (who is turning orange) that has the most divine tail and my huge black moor, who is very handsome (although a big bully) since the other male has a much shorter/whider tail than the baby.
I will post pics sometime today since I am so proud, and still a little freaked out, about the whole thing. you can also check him out on Instagram (Me: goldfishgirly)
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Now lets just hope I don't open my purse and find a puppy! I have not cleaned that out in a few moths either.