YES! Baby Kuhli are about THE cutest thing in the universe. In my most humble of opinions. . . those big heads. *swoons*
Yeah. . . I'm sold on the hovering zebra loaches, and after seeing them in video feeding along with Pangio loaches. . . well. They're perfect. How could they not be? They're loaches. . . I kind of feel safe with them, even if they're different. Loaches are just wonderful, no matter what kind they are. I still have more learning to do on these, but I have time. :)
I've also pretty much convinced myself that I must have Whiptails, too. . . again, still loads to learn, but I'll get there. . .
Hygrophila rosea - aaaahhhhhh, Spooks! I hope I can! I want a forest of it, too!!! For right now the lighting in the 55g isn't enough to support stems (hence all of the crytps, anubias, and java ferns everywhere), but I've had good luck with them before in the smaller tanks, and am planning to have better lighting in the 125. I'd be thrilled if I could keep some of those, they're so pretty. :)
My current plot is to slowly set up each tank (that I JUST shut down), and start filling them with plants. Hoping that when I get to moving into the 125, I'll be able to at least have enough to make it feel like home to my fish from day one. . . of course, we must
dally along the way, or it wouldn't be any fun, so as soon as I get enough new plants through QT (thinking in the summer), I'll set up a breeding tank for the rams and focus on that for a bit. Wouldn't it be amazing if I could get some little 'livvies that were born here? ::starry eyed::
You know I've been looking into the female Amano shrimp, I think the ONLY way to find an answer here is to try it and see. I would love to see some shrimp in there, but I do have a strong feeling that they WOULD get picked at. As they can't reproduce in fresh water, I wouldn't ever be able to get enough of a colony established, and . . . I kind of wince at the thought, anyway. I suppose I *could* give it a try in the 55. . . the loaches wouldn't mind a nice bunch of moss back behind that rock. And if it fails, I may just have to set myself up a shrimp tank. . . still more research to do, though - all around!