Originally Posted by somewhatshocked
I know it's kind of generic to suggest... but... what about a nice group of male Endlers? Or even male Guppies of some sort?
Or if you decide to go colorless, there's always Heterandria formosa. They'd do well in a vase like that.
I actually have some endlers in my spec v. I like them but I have also done them at this point. I really enjoy having different fish species and getting to see how they behave in the aquascapes I create. I kind of became somewhat fascinated with the ricefish when watching videos on youtube of folks that have them. That they have been kept as pets for the last 300 years is pretty amazing. Plus they breed easily and are hard to get in this country which means there might be some breeding for profit options for me to help offset the cost of the hobby.
And anyway... UPDATE:
UPS guy dropped off a box almost immediately after I made my last post. Here is what was inside it:
They are fry! Heh, I thought I was getting juveniles that were much further along in their development but looking back at my email communication with the seller I see that he did indeed tell me they were fry. The picture he sent me that I previously posted must have been of the parents.
Here is the breeder box I put them till the bowl is ready for them:
They are essentially impossible to photograph at this point, so it will be a little while before I can get a clear image of them. When I put them in that breeder box I discovered that one of my dace had previously jumped into that box and I didn't know it. Getting him fished out before he could eat my crazy hard to get ricefish was an interesting moment.
Anyway they are all in place and at least some of them are eating so there is that.
And now that they finally came, a word about my search for ricefish.
I started my ricefish search when I first ordered my bowl from the glass blower. So its been about 3.5 months now. There are some websites that have sold them in the past but are currently out of stock. I contacted them anyway. No luck.
I then started daily searches of aquabid and e bay No luck.
This went on for a few months. I would search different terms such as ricefish, rice fish, medaka (japanese for ricefish), oryzias, and oryzias latipes. No luck.
I saw a video from SerpaDesign where he got some ricefish from Lucas Bretz so I reached out to him. No Luck.
I found a japanese facebook page called Medaka and Miniature Garden that claimed to sell eggs and ship internationally. But their last post was from 2017. I contacted them. No luck.
Nature Freak went to Aquatic Experience on a mission for me and provided contact information for a fish farm that might have them. But around this time I also got really desperate and started emailing everyone that had even a loose association with ricefish.
It paid off. One of my inquiries was to a facebook group in the UK. They were unable to ship me any eggs or fish but one member mentioned that there should be someone in Hawaii that sells medaka through aquabid. I had been searching aquabid daily and there were no orange or tri-color medaka for sale but there was someone from Hawaii selling blue ricefish. I sent a direct email to him and to my great relief he had the ricefish I purchased. He had purchased his fish as fry direct from japan and was willing to send me the fry I now have.
I am absolutely thrilled that the whole thing came through. Now I just need to not kill these little fellas and I will be good to go!