I am really attached to these guys already too. Especially because even at this young age, they have picked out their favorite spots in the tank and stick around there, meaning I can tell individuals apart by their location (if not their appearance lol). The one who likes to chill by the end of the cholla wood log in front and ham it up for the camera I have been calling Sparky.
I have another coincidental anecdote too! I had a temporary space crunch and moved the 4 imbellis in with the 2 smaragdina just for a few days and some super interesting behavior changes have happened! Not only is Mrs. Smaragdina showing her face now, she's basically schooling with the imbellis and coming right up to the front of the tank to see me! Turns out she wasn't afraid of me so much as Mr. Smaragdina. Now that there are four other fish for him to bother, she isn't feeling quite as vulnerable. Very interesting. Note: the imbellis are still too young to breed, this is the only reason I could confidently mix the species in one tank. Otherwise I wouldn't risk it due to the possible hybrids resulting.
Mr. Smaragdina is having the time of his life with these other fish to pester. He swims up to them and starts poking at them lol. He doesn't attack or flare really, just bugs them like a clueless stalker. No wonder Mrs. Smaragdina hid all the time, I'd be annoyed by the guy too ROFL! Poor guy needs some babies to care for or something.
My bbs from the ill-fated batch that didn't get aerated actually did have a surprisingly decent hatch rate, enough to feed 20 fry until the next batch anyway! I'm not sure at what point I should drain the bbs tank and clean the hatchery out. The instructions say every hatch but I think I can get away with 2-3 hatches and then clean so there's a more consistent food supply. Also just got my new micro worm culture in the mail.
Last edited by babystarz; 12-31-2012 at 03:13 PM.