Just a little progress update. It's been one week since I've put in the CPDs. They're doing great so far. They've really come out of their shell and swimming all over the tank now. They've also brightened up quite a bit since I got them. Here are a few pictures:
Here are a few of the fishes
Their colors are actually much nicer in person (my poor photography skills and craptastic point & shoot camera don't do them justice). And boy are they fast. As soon as I press the shutter they've disappeared out of the frame.
This next one shows the white fuzz one the manzanita branches. It doesn't seem to be going away. I plan on adding a few amano shrimps since I've read that they devour this stuff (good/bad idea?)
Saying that these fishes are picky eaters is an understatement. I've thrown a bunch of different foods at them (flakes, pellets, freeze-dried, frozen, etc.) and this is the only thing they'll go for:
Here are two of the RCS. There are 11 of them in there the last time I counted
Tiny male going to town on an algae wafer:
Female starting to berry:
A lot of the equipment is being changed in the near future. I've ordered an Ehein 2211 canister to be used with lily pipes and a Hydor ETH 200W in line heater. I'm also scrapping the DIY yeast stuff for a compressed CO2 system. I'll post an update when they're delivered.
Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.