The baby bushynose plecos at the LFS were soooo cute. They were the size of a nickel.
EDIT: Tiki, I believe any driftwood lowers the pH and hardness to some degree. It depends on how hard your water was before. If it's really hard, it shouldn't lower it to such a level that the snails would be harmed. But if your water is softer, then you might want to add some kind of calcium tablet or something for them.
Olympia: That's pretty cool. According to my fish profile book, the brachygobius genus is pretty disputed right now because so many fish look alike. But supposedly the brachygobius nunus is the most commonly encountered "bumbleebee" goby. The book recommends up to a tablespoon of AQ salt per imperial gallon. But like I said earlier, other people have kept their bumblebees in freshwater and done fine.
500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish, edited by Greg Jennings.
"The genus Brachygobius is in great need of closer study, since several similar-looking species appear under a number of (often disputed) names. Brachygobius nunus, for example, is regarded by some as synonymous with B. doriae, while some people doubt the validity of the most frequently encountered name, B. xanthozona. In addition, there is B. aggregatus. All species have the same basic requirements and characteristics."
baby bns! i reblogged a pic of a whole bunch nomming on cucumber the other day. adorable.
speaking of BNs...mine has been very protective of an algae wafer today. the betta girls will go for it, then she goes and waggles her tail at them until the go away. Fern really wanted that wafer though. Kept sneaking up behind the plec and stealing bites xD
Hm. Well the only way to tell some of the species apart is by counting their scales- fish from different regions have different amounts in their rows of scales. Maybe not enough for separate species, but at least subspecies. Whether they can produce viable offspring would also be important, but these aren't bred in captivity.
I want my fish to stop getting sick! I think it is a tumor for Scuzi. He has bouts of energy, but he's tired. I also think he's getting older... probably 2 years if you include the time I've had him and however old he was before I got him. Not to mention a near miss with cold water >.> (that had to be a year ago!), and all his tail biting.
And the wall of death I rescued him from. God knows what that added to his life. Good news he still eats like a pig. Epsom, lots of it to help him along.