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knowing he was over a year old and watching him loose the ability to color should make it easier to accept but he was so unusual in personality that it will take some time to get used to not seeing him when I look at the tank.
The two remaining males (Medusa and HideNSeek) can still color with only a little splotchiness so we will see if the loss of color continues to mark the last week or so with these Mercs.
Dusa is coming out later (around 11:00) AFTER I put Cyclop-eeze in the tank but is still coming to the front, eating a shrimp and staying out most of the night. He actually seems to take his shore shrimp on a stick better than he had been and without coaxing. I have noticed (this started about a week before Sisty had his "stroke") that Dusa seems to keep his red coloring even at night rather than the typical , relaxed white.
Some months ago Monty noticed some semi-transparent red plastic tubing (TAP Plastics) for sale on-line and mentioned it as a possible den for nocturnals that would allow daytime viewing. I purchase a length of tube (along with other goodies) and put it in the tank with Miss Broody, HideNSeek and MIA. For the most part all three ignored it. Occassionally, I would see HideNSeek use the tube as a protected get-away path to the back of the tank but that has been all the octo useage until tonight. I will check during daylight hours (photos are with flash) to see if he finds the transparency too much for daylight.