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Old 02-21-2014, 12:06 AM   #1
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36 bow front tanganyika setup?

Hi all! I'm toying w the idea of switching my other tank to a tanganyikan setup. My lfs has anything I could want in terms of Africans and am curious what I could do for a tanganyika biotope? Any suggestions? Here it is now just a boring community tank that had rams that didn't work out. I'd obviously add lots of rock. I like the shell dweller thing but they're 20 a pop at the store. Throw some ideas at me! Could Julie's or brichardi or leulupi work?
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Hi all! I'm toying w the idea of switching my other tank to a tanganyikan setup. My lfs has anything I could want in terms of Africans and am curious what I could do for a tanganyika biotope? Any suggestions? Here it is now just a boring community tank that had rams that didn't work out. I'd obviously add lots of rock. I like the shell dweller thing but they're 20 a pop at the store. Throw some ideas at me! Could Julie's or brichardi or leulupi work?
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Well, order your shellys online! I'm turning my 20g long into a shelly tank ( neolamprologus multifasciatus) and those are by far the easiest from what I've read. I'm not sure where you live so I can't offer a website to order from
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:31 AM   #4
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Well, order your shellys online! I'm turning my 20g long into a shelly tank ( neolamprologus multifasciatus) and those are by far the easiest from what I've read. I'm not sure where you live so I can't offer a website to order from
M in Boston so lotsa places won't ship here till weather warms up plus I'm scared to do that I never have! Plus I'm impatient so wouldn't wanna wait-I'd end up paying the store price if I want to go that route! Lol
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M in Boston so lotsa places won't ship here till weather warms up plus I'm scared to do that I never have! Plus I'm impatient so wouldn't wanna wait-I'd end up paying the store price if I want to go that route! Lol
Well online they are 8.99 a piece where I'm gonna get mine. Shipping is overnight with heatpacks and they are F1s

Edit. He is out of F1s but has other shell dwellers. Here is his website. He is a great guy and very reasonable

http://www.davesfish.com/
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I'd recommend thinking of the tank in three parts. From the left you want a rock pile in that third in the centre third a shell area with vallis and the right third a rock pile. I'd stock with two pairs of rock dwellers julies and altos work well with shellies. Instead of multis I'd recommend neolamprologus brevis they a bit bigger and can handle the julies and altos.

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I'd recommend thinking of the tank in three parts. From the left you want a rock pile in that third in the centre third a shell area with vallis and the right third a rock pile. I'd stock with two pairs of rock dwellers julies and altos work well with shellies. Instead of multis I'd recommend neolamprologus brevis they a bit bigger and can handle the julies and altos.

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That's awesome! What size tank is it?
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I'd recommend thinking of the tank in three parts. From the left you want a rock pile in that third in the centre third a shell area with vallis and the right third a rock pile. I'd stock with two pairs of rock dwellers julies and altos work well with shellies. Instead of multis I'd recommend neolamprologus brevis they a bit bigger and can handle the julies and altos.

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You do realize that multis are one of the more aggressive species, right? They can easily fend off larger fish, I watch them do it every day with my leleupi.

In a 36 bow, I would do a colony of shellies, either brevis, multifasciatus, or ocelattus (there's other awesome species, but these are perfect for beginners to shellies). I'd do a single pair of julidochromis (marlieri, ornatus, dickfieldii, etc.). I'd avoid a leleupi, they can be a bit aggressive, mine likes to try and raid my multi nests, although they put him in his place every time. I would only add a single calvus/compressiceps personally, as they do grow to a good size, and are fry eaters as adults. Finally, I would add a small group of synodontis petricola or preferably lucipinnis (or if you can find lophiobagrus cyclurus, the tanganyikan dwarf bullhead catfish, hard to find, but I love mine). It's not gonna be a perfect breeding set up, but it will make a good display, and the behaviors these fish exhbiti are like none other on earth IMO. They really are a world of a difference from the other rift lakes
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Why only 50% of photos load. It's a 63.4 gallon. Oh julies I have are transcriptus gombe you should check them out as well.
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Local guy breeds petricola. Is 2 ok for this size tank? Or 1,3? How many Shellie's if I do the pair of Julie's and a single comp?
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