Izzy, that is such great news! I guess we know they like it there!!! *GRINS* Even if nothing comes of this first mating, you know that they WILL, and if it's something that you'd like to pursue, you can get better prepared for the next time around. Wonderful that they've settled in SO insanely quickly!!! Wow. Guess they got close while they were all stuffed together in that little bag for shipping *giggle*
I totally agree with you, btw. SO many people like to set up barren QT tanks, and I just feel that this is dead wrong. The WHOLE point (in my view) is to give the new fish a chance to relax and settle into their new home, get adjusted to the way you run your tanks, and the water parameters they'll be living in. . . Why do people insist on adding to their stress by keeping them in a tank that isn't comfortable for them and suited to their needs??! I can't think of any reason, as it only adds to their already high levels of stress from transportation and different water parameters, etc. The ONLY thing that I can come up with after nearly a year of wondering is. . . lol. . . if they're under SO much stress, any pathogens that they've been keeping under control would have a better chance of manifesting in these situations, so you can 'cure' them before putting them into the main tank. Not the best way to do things, IMHO! I love your QT tank, and I'm actually happy that the loaches are being given a happy bed of leaves to hang out in. It's what they like! Once they move into the 29, and settle in there, I'm sure you'll have plenty of time to see them. HOPING that the entire shoal is more obvious with more of them around to help them feel comfortable! HOORAY for loaches. Gah, I love them!
Oh wow, what a story you will have to tell about the new fish when they were new :D
HAHA! Fox, I'm reading this with a very clear image of Izzy on a rocking chair, 20 years from now, telling the story to the great-great-grandchildren of these very gourami of when their family arrived in this 'country...' :) Too cute! BTW, she's knitting a baby blanket for the next generation ;)