Boris and Medea Luna turn Somersaults in the Aquarium
January 5, 2013
We haven’t done an aquarium update in quite some time, so we are long overdue. Boris and Medea Luna have been living in the fifty gallon aquarium for several years now. They currently share the aquarium with a school of Rummy Nose Tetras, a school of Serpae Tetras, a school of Glowlight Tetras, five golden X-Ray Tetras, some Cardinal and Neon Tetras, six Silver Hatchet Fish, two large Plecostomus, two Indian Killifish (the only non-Amazon fish), a Corydoras Catfish and one odd Tetra. They continue to spawn erratically, but the Tetras, which are really just small Piranas, always eat the eggs as they are laid. Boris and Medea Luna attempt to chase the other aquarium dwellers away from the spawning site to no avail. We stopped trying to raise their young as they were often deformed. Boris and Medea Luna still fight and court, and Boris has bitten off her pectoral fins much like he did to Lefty many years ago. Medea Luna is often the aggressor and she often initiates the activities. Occasionally the Angelfish kill a Tetra that is moving too slowly, but the other fish have learned to avoid the Angelfish when they are defending territory.
The History of Boris and Medea Luna
Boris and Medea Luna, a pair of Angelfish, have been in our care since March 27, 2009, when we brought four Angelfish home from Pasadena Tropical Fish. Within five days, we had a spawing, but three fish seemed to be involved. Eventually Boris and Medea Luna proved to be the dominant pair and started to attack the other female, who we eventually named Digitalis. She and her mate Lefty lived for several years in their own aquarium and they produced numerous spawning before dying in in 2011. Boris and Medea Luna always lived in a community aquarium with Rams and Cardinal Tetras, and they protected numerous spawings from the other fish in the aquarium. We always waited for the eggs to hatch before removing the wriggling fry with a turkey baster and raising the fry in a nursery aquarium.
Here are Boris and Medea Luna on their second anniversary in Mount Washington.