Today was my boyfriend's and my one year anniversary, so we spent it going around to fish shops and getting ready for the reptiles I'm getting tomorrow at Repticon. And, he bought me two panda garras, some gorgeous horned nerites, and a microscopic sparkling gourami.
So... here are some pictures of the panda garra:
I have never had any of these before, so I am pretty excited. Especially for the sparkling gourami, since I'm pretty obsessed with all anabantoids. I'll get a picture of the snails and the baby spark tomorrow.
I was just fascinated by the garra today. They were so active once they got into my 55g. They immediately colored back to dark stripes from the pale and even started munching on the glass algae. I have read that they aren't the best at algae eating, but they have been just at it constantly. It was just so weird to see a fish adapt to the tank in a few seconds. I'm going to look into getting a powerhead or something for more water flow, but I'm thinking of just sticking to what I've got for now. And once my plants fill back out along with all the driftwood, they will have more than enough choices of hiding places.
Funny thing about the sparkling gourami, he was in with the guppies/endlers to be used as feeders and I saw him in a corner by himself. I noticed he was a weird looking guppy fry. And it clicked he was some baby gourami or something. Lucky for me, I spotted him before he became some African cichlid's food and I got him for two dollars. They were pretty surprised that he was in with the guppies and I was pretty proud of myself for finding him. He will now have a very happy home with me.