Are you guys. . . actually arguing. . . over who's the dorkiest?!! BWAHAHA! Y'all are too awesome. . . *luffs the Fish Dork Club*
Jen, Thanks for the compliment - it IS a miracle! Aside from being tiny, they squirm sooooo FAST! HAVE to use the flash, or they just vanish with the blur, and using the flash is stressful for them, so I always try to limit it to a 5-shot max - I'm super happy for each shot I manage to get!
I really doubt that I'll get them to breed. I've never read of these particular loaches breeding in a tank, but in general it seems to be tricky to get Kuhli to breed in captivity, regardless of the type. Blacks seem to do it most, but it always seems to be accidental, and usually when they're kept over gravel, because the eggs fall down to the very bottom of the stones, and they manage to find food under there until they're big enough to not get eaten. If you really want some, I can get you some. I've never shipped fish before, but if they still have them at that awful LFS, I can pop 'em into a QT tank until the weather warms up. That shop is keeping them on the very top tier (over my head) in a gravel-bottomed tank. They dig under the gravel, and customers can't see them AT ALL
. (why I didn't get a good look at them before I brought them home), so I won't be surprised if they stay around for a while. . . I imagine that it'd be safe to put 2-3 times as many of THESE
bitty loaches in yoru tank than the 'normal' sized ones. . . just sayin'
Boredomb, good luck with helping that suckah out, lol! I've 'helped' a few people set up their tanks now, and it IS
a royal PITA - especially when you get the ones that don't actually bother to listen to your advice, but then expect that you know how to solve the inevitable problems that they create for themselves (you).
Hopefully, you'll get a good one, who listens, and keeps up on tank maintenance. They seem to be few and far-between in my world *sigh*
Koi, it really is astounding how tiny they are in comparison to the 'normal' ones, isn't it? half the length and half the girth - and it isn't as if a Kuhli loach is a huge fish to begin with. I'm counting down the days until I get them out of QT, I really am. . . I have some Indian Almond leaves ready to go into the main tank, but I'm waiting for them to go in, so that I don't stress them by changing the water hardness between the tanks. I just know they'll be happy in there - can't wait to find out if their behavior changes with the others around. . .
Sylver, Being normal is sooooo boring, anyway! I'm well-known for my fishy obsession at this point, and people have started bringing me fish-related gifts. Someone gave me this
for Christmas. . . and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
to be a dork!
Anyway. . . still trying to get up to date with this thread - I'm uploading a (crappy) video of Becoming right now. I'll post it as soon as it's ready