As I posted above, I am hoping to completely re-do our hillstream tank, which is currently a 55 gallon, when we paint our main room and redo the floors, which will mean taking the tank down and moving everything out to the back porch, in the shade. We have been thinking of adding to our hillstream stock as well. Meanwhile, a light that had previously been over the 45T became available to replace the light that had been destroyed by cats pushing it into the hillstream tank. And the other night when I had just gone upstairs to get ready for bed, Cloudhands called me back down, claiming he saw the Vaillantella in the hillstream tank! Of course I ran downstairs, and there was a VERY Vaillantella looking fish swimming in and out of the rocks! Now we spend a LOT of time looking at the hillstream tank, even during the worst of our challenges. Never seen it in there. Neither of us remember ever taking any wood over from the 120 to the hillstream at any point in which it might have been hiding.
What the heck?????? And of course we haven't seen it since! It seems to have realized that Vaillantellas have suddenly shown up on WetSpot again and we were discussing whether we should try again if they are still available when the weather warms up.
In MA I had 4 v. maassii in a 40g long with 2 pangio species. The "extra" smaller male didn't live for more than a year or so. I wondered if it might have been a similar but different species, I think there are a couple. The dominant male was aggro to it & the pangios, biting the backs of their necks/heads if it could. Like yours, mine were shy, but lots of wood & plants. When we tore down the tank to move west we couldn't find any of them. We'd had them as adults for ~7 or 8 years so guessing they died out, no "fish jerky" on the floor & no fry, the females were always nicely fat & gravid looking...
And of course no additional sightings after the other night. Guess it is trying to hide for another decade
Did you move decor to the other tank? That truly is a mystery...or a ghost loach? Wishful seeing? We had a stiphodon goby reappear after a couple years 2 or 3 times...I'm calling it a really good hider & food finder...& hope to see it again maybe...
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