I got three Farlowella. They seem to be happy - eating a bunch, coming down to eat the prepared food and pellets and zucchini, grazing on plants and glass. There was some initial hiding and shyness but that didn't last long - maybe 3 days. I can tell each of them apart, and one of them (Slim) was the last for me to see eat prepared food, and once I saw him on an algae wafer, I felt better. ;) I have read that they'll be outcompeted at feeding time but they get right in there now with the Gobies and the Kuhlis no problem.
The Gertrudae Rainbows are growing fairly quickly... they are now starting to display more to each other and they're already beautiful doing it... now for them to grow just a bit more to fully appreciate it.
The Rainbows actually seem to like the increase in temperature that I've raised it to recently because there's been a bout of ich. (Ugh) Currently treating it right now, and anytime there's an issue I worry. Hopefully everyone will come out of it OK. I worry about the Farlowella and the Kuhlis with the Coppersafe treatment. The Ricefish are hit the worst with it, which is interesting because they've always seemed the most boisterous and bomb-proof in the tank.
Also, yesterday, even amidst this ich treatment - I saw a tiny little fry!!!
It had blue eyes so it was either a Ricefish or a Rainbowfish. I would assume Ricefish because the Rainbows are still so small yet, but the Ricefish are sick and not very active, so who knows. Either way -so exciting! I should read up on what to do with fry and how to raise them - that might be fun to try if I could find them and separate soon enough. I suppose I'd need a little tank with heater and filter and all... or can I get some kind of contained area to keep them in the main tank to grow out? I only saw one, but it was up in the floating plants so it's hard to see if there are more. I'm sure they've become or will become dinner right now. I have frozen baby brine shrimp and tried to put some near it, just in case.
OK, a whole bunch of photos.
They fed them cucumber and zucchini at the LFS so there was no break-in period there. The kuhlis like zucchini, too.
The Kuhlis and a Twig seeing what's left of the zucchini the next morning. They even nibbled at the skin until it was mostly gone.
Rainbow checking to see if there'll be any edible flotsam kicked up. They hover around the bottom feeders when they're eating algae/veggie/shrimp pellets and they snatch up small crumbs behind them. Pretty clever if you ask me.
Sharing with the female goby.
Ricefish, Rainbows, both gobies, and a twiggy
Ricefish with ich.
Not a great shot, but there are 5 species in it: Goby, Ricefish, Rainbowfish, Pencilfish, Farlowella. (Dinnertime)
Some of the adorable Kuhlis.
Can't forget about the guys up top!