Well, after a suspected poisoning killed all but 4 mischlings, I'm patiently waiting for this to become a colony again. It's happening slowly, I was lucky enough to have two surviving females from the original group and both have sent tiny fry into the world. Even though the hatches were only a week or so apart, the size difference on the babies is tremendous. And my favorite thing about aquariums right now is finding babies and looking at them with a magnifier. They are all so different! I'm snapping photos of tiny shrimp with an iPhone so photo quality leaves a bit to be desired.
Here's a sponge filter outtake with a new baby on it to give some sense of scale. They are *tiny* things! You could absolutely suck them up with airline tubing:
Here's about a 2-3 week old juvie beside an adult:
This one (a purchase) is about 1/4 to 1/3rd grown:
Some have odd patterns, which probably lowers their grade but I don't care. Kind of prefer them:
Here's a very cleanly striped black and white individual:
One thing I have definitely learned is when wiping the glass, pay very close attention to the glass at gravel level. I have a tendency to go light there and that is exactly where your photography subjects will be. I had to erase most photos because the glass was obscured from film algae I couldn't really see until blowing the photo up.
Anyway, in spite of a major setback right as things were getting going, this is currently my favorite tank and I can't stop looking around in it. I am SO glad a few survived, because I would have surely moved on and just put something different in the tank.