Well came down stairs to find another fish had committed suicide by jumping out of the plasterer's bucket last night. I'd deliberately left all the plants floating on the top to stop this from happening too!
Filled the replacement tank bit by bit over the course of the morning to check that there were no leaks on this one, especially with it having been stored outside. No leaks thank goodness, but evidence of a small crack and a couple of chips in the glass where it's been stored upside down in the garden. The tank's been given a thorough clean and some duct tape tightly fastened at the corners to make sure the crack doesn't creep or the chips come loose. Decided to have a long coffee break listening to the birds in the backs and was promptly visited by one of the ducklings who comes back every year. She's two now, and has a mate in tow. She's lovely, doesn't quack but makes endearing little squeaks and feeds from my hand.
Well back to the tank, topped up filled with the tank water rescued yesterday and topped up with some fresh, warm water to speed up the process of getting the tank water to the required temperature. Moved across the bog wood with some plants on to give the fish some cover and set up the heater and temporary filter. The rest of the plants will need to stay in a bucket and hope for the best.
Now to net the fish. No Mr Nice Guy this time, they're too freaked out at having been netted three times yesterday - quick and fast and straight into the tank. They freaked even more when they realised that the bare bottomed tank was acting as a mirror. Unfortunately this tank doesn't have a lid and bearing in mind the two suicides to date, I decided to get a few handfuls of gravel and lightly cover the bottom to keep them a bit happier.
This evening we've been chuckling as the angels are actually watching telly, a luxury they've not had before! They've even started to take food too - a bit like pop corn at the cinema. The fish which have been taking the leap of faith have made an appearance at last and looking for food, so cross fingers the saga is over (famous last words....)
So reflecting on the day, not good! Biscuits, chocolate, anything I could nibble on really - tomorrow's weigh in is definitely not looking promising :-0