Some days just don’t go like you expect them to…spilled blackworms on the fishroom floor, overflowing systems…all the little things that can make a good day go bad. I had one of those days a few weeks ago all thanks to my male dovii.
My guy is a bit of an idiot. He likes to hurl himself out of the water and smash into the water droplets that form on the glass canopy of his aquarium. At first, it was funny and cute (at least to me), but when he does it every hour, it starts to get old. He doesn’t just tap the glass, he hits the glass with such force that with the door closed I can still hear him make contact. One day, soon after arriving to work, I happened to get a call from the leasing office in my apartment complex. Apparently, water was leaking into the bedroom of a tenant below my apartment from the room where the tank is set-up housing my Dovii pair.
The first thought running through my head was that the tank had cracked. I couldn’t imagine how the fish could have done it…there were no rocks piled high enough for the dovii to knock over, so how would he get enough momentum to fracture the glass? I raced home, trying not to get pulled over, still not able to come up with any reason how or why my tank would have cracked. I stopped at the leasing office first. After swapping insurance info, we went to check out the damage. Fortunately, in the other person’s case, it wasnt much. A $30 walmart-brand bookcase took the brunt of the leaking water.
Next, we made our way to my tank room. As we approached, I could hear the ugly, grating sound of a filter running dry. I run a Rena 3 Canister filter on their tank with a ”do it yourself” spray bar. To my surprise the glass was intact! The male must had an angry burst and took it out on that spray bar, because it was resting in the bottom of the aquarium, leaving the return hose to empty the water onto the floor. I guess I should have taken an extra step and clamped the tube to the tank…but I never thought I would own a fish that would have been so angry and destructive! After the lady from the leasing office left, I took a closer look at the damage. During summer months, I unplug my heaters and it was a good thing, too! He must have decided that he didn’t want the heater in his environment either, since it was shattered on the floor of the tank as well. What a pain! Well my insurance went up and I bought my neighbors a new bookcase. Now the spray bar is clamped to the tank and the heater has a guard to protect it from his temper tantrums…lessons learned.
He’s 7 1/2 inches long right now, I cant wait to see what he chaos he causes when he’s a 12 inches!