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question about border botia (sp myanmar)

Posted By: Barbara <bjmaitri@megalink.net>
Date: Thursday, 1 May 2003, at 9:32 a.m.

As many of you know I got these guys/gals within the last week. The original one that survived the ph/ammonia? issue and then three more on Monday. Monday night when the three were added (a few hours later and at feeding time), all four came out and were exploring (eating)....first the three newcomers and eventually the original joined them. Since that time, I don't see the original one out at all. The other three have various levels of being willing to come out but basically all three do and this morning all three are out and exploring...the fourth and original (I know this as it is much larger than the others...an inch longer I would guess) stays hidden.

Each day I give in, and yesterday, late as the lights went out, I finally check to see if it is ok and sure enough it is hiding in the same place and scoots off when I lift the mass of java moss it likes to hide under.

I am wondering if this is behavior that is cause for concern and if I rearranged the cave structures and plant matter altogether, if it would be helpful in bringing this loner into the group....or should I just accept that it is shy or ill and let it be. It looks absolutely fine and may come out when I am not in the room but since I am home all day and come and go in this room (the kitchen) and never catch it out since the three have been added, I keep wondering what in the world....btw, it DID come out now and then when it was by itself...I would walk into the kitchen and see it and then of course it would quickly beat a retreat to the hiding spot of the moment.

tia for any insights, thoughts.


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