Been a while since I tossed up an update. There has been quite a bit of progress.
Incoming wall of words =)
For starters our 2 groups of betta girls have been introduced to the tank with huge success (to make a total of 10 in the 46 at the moment). The usual bickering, some slightly nipped fins, but overall no real damage and everyone has calmed and fallen into her place. The also have ZERO interest in the loaches or Nessie the pleco. They had about an hour of curiosity and then moved on. Can't say the same for their interest in the loach/pleco food.. They seem to enjoy running away with it. We switched the betta girls to flakes instead of pellets and it seems to help a bit. The flakes spread around the tank more and they spend most of their attention hunting for it. We plant to either buy or make something to put in the tank that the loaches can get into but the bettas can't. Such little pigs they are >,>.
Now for more on the loaches. All 10 of them still doing really well. They're still all over the tank like the bettas don't even exist. They've grown a ton since we've gotten them. There's one that's smaller than the rest, maybe a little over half their size. I THINK it's grown too but it's hard to tell since the others were so much bigger to begin with. Its striping also seems to be a bit darker than the others, but I don't know if its because it's smaller in size or not. Either way they're all doing well ^,^
Nessie is probably around double her size before, give or take. Still no sign of any bristles but /shrug. She's maybe 2-3 inches now (minus the caudal fin).
We some new fish in a QT at the moment. In hopes for them going into the 46 with the girls at some point. (The betta girls will be removed for this transition in order to prevent them from being territorial). They'll either spent a few days in separate tank or they'll be floated in cups/breeder boxes for this. They're a pretty docile (**) group so we don't expect much issue. Last week we got a shipment with 12 Cardinal Tetras, 1 "Super Red" bristlenose who we named (More like light orange..BAH.. still pretty none the less), and 1 male Bolivian Ram. We know the bristlenose will work out fine since Nessie's little world is rarely disturbed by the girls, in fact, any time a betta girl comes poking around to see what she's up to she waves them away with her tail. Quite funny =). Now for the Cardinals we don't suspect there to be a problem since the girls didn't react to the loaches at all, and its not uncommon for sororities to have some sort of school of something. We got 1 male ram since we're not sure how that one is going to go, again we don't suspect problems but we figured we would only try one just in case it didn't go as planned. Worst case, with any of these additions, we have other tanks that these fish could happily make homes in. Never test the waters with out a backup plan!
**(Our smallest girl, Sky, was in a large breeder box in the 46 to letter her grow a bit more before being introduced with 2 other girls new girls and she decided to pull a Houdini and jump into the main tank over night. We woke up saw the empty box and thought she would be dead due to the improper introduction and the fact that she's probably half the size or less than our biggest female Autumn.. but to our surprise the other girls had no interest in her at all. It was like she didn't exist. Sky swam around flaring at every fish she came across but they ignored her.)
Last but not least (He's my favorite but shh don't tell the other fish). My special boy Grimm is doing wonderfully. He's super active (He's more active than my other boy Jasper, a Halfmoon male, who is at war with his fins despite any counter measures we have tried to draw his attention away.. The biggest reason I prefer plakats over HM). He also got some new additions and got his tank rescaped. He now has some small Pink Ramshorn snails for friends and a handful of trumpet snails thanks to djembekah who sent me a ton of the little cuties, they were spit between all our tanks and do an AMAZING job of cleaning up any leftovers.
Now the only part that matters =) Pictures!
Plants have done a TON of growing.
-INTRODUCING- Coyote Starrk (Or just Starrk).. Some of you anime nerds should know this one =)
One of Grimm's snail friends