Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Playa Del Rey, CA
I've had one of those little guys for over 6 months now. He was only shy for the first couple of days-to a week and he often shows himself, even when the lights are on. I have always provided him LOTS of hiding places, between driftwood, rocks and live plants, which I understood they liked. I do see more activity from him (don't know if it's a he or she...) when the led-moonlights are on as their eyesights are very poor, and w/ mine not very good smell either... All of my fish feed from the bottom so feeding him is more of a PITA than I thought would be.. & glad I only got one! He comes out/kicks around when I tap on the glass near him, feed approx. 1-2 times a week (bloodworms) & I'm sure he makes do with all the fry from my guppies and platies though. <witnessed sadly..>
As far as acclimation, they drink the water but breathe air. So I don't think they need to be acclimated to anything other than the temperature of the water.. right? PH has never been an issue for me though between the lfs and mine... I will often stare at the tank for more than a couple of hours and will only at random catch him sprint to the surface and back to the ground if I'm looking that way. I can imagine if you're looking the other way you'd miss him for sure. Sure makes a nice conversation piece when the unusual guests peer in to try and find him too. Mine generally hides in the same places so once you do find him chances are that's where he'll be...