May, 2006

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Telling the Leopards apart

The three Leopards seem to enjoy huddling together in the corner of the tank, only venturing out when they sense food. They’ve taken a liking for the same type of food as the or Peppered cousins in the large tank – soaked flakes that sink to the bottom of the gravel.

Here’s a picture of two of the Leopards during a meal time:


It shouldn’t be hard figuring out the names of these two: that’s Topfin on the left, and Blackfin on the right.:)

Little Otto

We haven’t been seeing Otto much for nearly a week now, and we suspected that he was most likely hiding somewhere in the tank and only appearing when the lights were off. However, several days ago when Otto finally did appear, Ling observed that he look tremendously pale and had lost much of his body colouration. Yesterday he wasn’t swimming around very much any more, spending most of his time lying very weakly on the gravel. He finally expired today at around 4:30 p.m.

We’re not sure what happened since the other critters seem to be doing OK, although Tinny and Patches seem to be losing a few of their scales (they haven’t lost their appetites yet). It’s possible that his source of food – algae – has diminished though, and while I did try feeding him small bits of Hikari algae wafers, he didn’t seem to take to them.


Rest in peace, Otto.

The last of the Leopards – Blackfin

The last of the three critters we picked up more than a week ago. This fellow is the easiest to tell from a glance, since his entire dorsal fin is black in colouration:


Second of the Leopards – Halffin

Here’s Halffin, the second of the three Leopards in the small tank. Like the other two of his brethen, the Leopards are distinguished by their colouration on their dorsal fin. This little fellow is so-named because his mark is, well, in the ‘middle’ half of his fin.:)


Spotting Leopards – Topfin

The three leopard cories seem to have adjusted nicely into the small tank, although a week after their introduction they still seem pretty nervous about any sort of noise or movement near the tank. Many a time they would quickly scurry into the corner of their tank at the slightest disturbance.

Here’s the first of our three Leopards: this fellow is Topfin, so-named because his distinguishing colouration lies in the top end of his topfin.:)


With the general elections coming around the corner, updates to both blogs on my domain will be a little slow but they will come.:)