Hi, LBF - Honestly, I loathe this wood. Except that it looks so pretty, lol. Next time I'll be a bit better prepared and soak it properly.
This tank's for Cole, the 'black' (ie, murky brown/blue) plakat male. He's pretty big and aggressive compared to our others (even Cleo the Shrimp Assassin) so I think he'll love having a roomy jungle to lurk in.
I'm so excited about the strohi.. I will be a coupe of weeks at least away from taking them, I want their tank - it'll be NPT and heavily planted (I am still recovering from how many plants these people sent me..) and filtered with old media, so I am hoping to cut down cycling time that way. Before they arrive I'll add some IAL and get the water softer for them.. and get the whole filtration rigmarole sorted out. I cannot stand the sound of sponge filters, it's like nails up a chalkboard (only bubblier .. and underwater...) but I do like the idea of them. There has to be a way to have the best of both worlds.. anyway.. I'll work something out.
I showed Daughter some pictures of some strohi - for some reason, she really doesn't like macrostoma at all, so I was expecting a measure of teenaged angst about why I must prefer ugly big mouthed fishes over little, floofy, pretty ones.. and she loved
Hoorah, one supposes.
And I must admit, I am -hoping- for a female.. would love to have some fry one day. I couldn't come at breeding splendens, but the wilds are a different matter. No worries if they're all boys, though, I'll have a lot of machismo and pretty colours to look at.
Update: this evening a lovely lady named Chris is coming over with some wee baby ratties for us to look at. Daughter spent all afternoon sewing the cutest little 'rat bag' out of green polar fleece, with a pink terrycloth heart on top, for her new babies to snuggle in at night, and reorganising her room for maximum ratty play space. I'm really excited for her. :)
In sadder news, we lost the other guppy today. Daughter is somewhat resigned to being a terrible guppy-keeper, but I thought she actually didn't do badly by them at all. All the same, she is sticking to bettas from now on, she says.