Jeff! No need for the Tang Police - Midnight is in good hands now, making friends with other fins!
The problem with "Midnight" rescues are that you don't get to fully appreciate them at the time.
In this rescues case, the call came in; mid afternoon, and it went about like this..
Caller: Marquito !
Me: Sí, speaking.. que pasa señor!???
Caller: ehh, Marquito; ais have de goods. Ehh.. choo comeh y pickup?
Me: uh... When? Today?
Caller: Sí. Hurry. very nice! Mui Bonita. Ehh.. mui pocito.
So... Pack a bag, and get ready. Next day, midnight'ish the operation BlackOutWackOut occured. I brought a bucket, actually 2! Also brought a cooler, a bubbler, a CO2 scrubber and some snacks.
In the blink of an eye it's done. We double bucket and air gap the container, bubbler in, co2 scrubber running and en route into the proverbial sunset. It's done.
Home a bit later, we start the medicated acclimation bath, all is well. Well.. until the fish get to that point where they very kindly request to be removed from the bath; as described in part one, that's when your heart skips a beat and you wonder if you left them in too long.. nope, quick transfer over and a couple reallllly long minutes later they resume swimming, no longer curled up, damn near lifeless floating around. Success!
Here is a picture of Midnight, being his usual dark self.
As you can see, maybe, he's quite dark, like the sky on a moonless night. Tough seeing much of him, when he's hiding in the rock work.
More on the ich, and possible case of mistaken identity later... in the next post
<more in part 3, tomorrow>