I will keep all the suggestions in mind. I'm kind unsure on the gularis do to size-and the fact that many are simply dubbed as aquarium strain. I've heard of and seen pictures of the dwarf red gularis, lacking the extensive finnage and being a different shade, but those things appear to be pretty rare.
Someone on a msg board has N. korthausae 'Mafia Island' available now at 10 bucks a pair including shipping. Interesting killies, but the timing isn't too good. Plus, I think I'd be looking for more color. I'm pretty sure that fiery red caudal fins or dorsals are pretty common in the nothos. However, I bet that they all look gorgeous in life-so many choices. As you can tell, I like to throw ideas around and accumulate all kinds of "useless" info before taking the dive [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
I think nothos may be best suited for me as my water conditions here are hard and ph around 7.5(last time I touched a test kit).
The rack will house a total of 3 ten gallons...plus other miscellaneous items, I may put 2 on the bottom and one in eye level due to the weight thing. How easily spooked are the nothos? I in tanks farther down, the fish tend to spook more easily(why, I have no idea).
I think what I may do is:
1-10 gallon. For breeding or praps raising juvies.
3 gallon or so: Residence of the breeders outside of breeding. Praps 2 or a divider to keep male and female seperate
Some kind of storage container to keep the moist peat in.
Sweater boxes(dunno how many) for hatching and raising fry.
Whats your method of incubating the eggs? Are temps important? One book mentioned keeping the peat at about the consistency of tobacco...which thankfully enough is something I don't know.
I've just discovered a difficulty in that it is now a bit more tricky to do water changes. I did leave as much room as possible, but I'm used to an infinite ceiling above all my aquariums. Bailing isn't very convenient now. How do you guys do it?