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Old 02-10-2015, 08:40 AM   #1
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Keegster803's shelldweller 10gal build thread.

Hey guys. I have been researching Shelldwellers for a while now, and I'm ready to dive in. I currently am converting my corydoras fry tank into a shelldweller tank. And recommendations on the stock? I was thinking some neolamprologus ocellatus, or maybe some neolamprologus brevis


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Old 02-10-2015, 08:51 AM   #2
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15 gallon or 20L would be better suited IMO. 10g are really only good for lightly stocked multi tanks.


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15 gallon or 20L would be better suited IMO. 10g are really only good for lightly stocked multi tanks.


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Lol I have a pair of ocellatus in a 10 gallon

But to be honest, Mog is right. A 10 gallon can be difficult to observe the true behavior of these fish. I normally would have the occies in a 20 but I have a non-bonded pair of them, so I am not currently breeding that species. If you do go with the ten, make sure to grow out fry in a separate tank


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Lol I have a pair of ocellatus in a 10 gallon

But to be honest, Mog is right. A 10 gallon can be difficult to observe the true behavior of these fish. I normally would have the occies in a 20 but I have a non-bonded pair of them, so I am not currently breeding that species. If you do go with the ten, make sure to grow out fry in a separate tank


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I am only doing a pair in the 10 gal as I want to keep down the aggression. And sadly my parents won't allow me to get another tank. I do have a 20gal but it currently stocked with cories, and I heard that the Shellie's would kill them


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I am only doing a pair in the 10 gal as I want to keep down the aggression. And sadly my parents won't allow me to get another tank. I do have a 20gal but it currently stocked with cories, and I heard that the Shellie's would kill them


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They will more than likely harass them to death, yes.

If youre doing a 10 gallon, I would stick to either multifasciatus, similis, or maybe occelatus (mine were just moved to a 10 gallon so I'm not sure how well it is going to work). I've seen some chunky brevis before
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I heard that a good rule of thumb for species like ocellatus that there should be 5 gallons per fish, is that a good rule to follow?


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Really depends on the species, and gallons don't mean much, it's the footprint that does


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Thanks.
Update: I ordered three dozen escargot shells and shipping just confirmed it was shipped today. They are the extra large ones 1-2inches wide. My LFS has several species of neolamprologus, including multis, brevis, gold occies, similis, pearly occies, and a couple others I can't remember. The tank is already cycled and has African cichlid sand substrate. I can't put any livestock in yet as I have some paellatus Cory fry in there.


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Just know that once you add shellies, no other fish can be added to that tank. It's a struggle to include tankmates with shellies in small tanks


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Update: I got the shells yesterday night and rinsed them all out and put them in the tank 36 shells in total, most a little over an inch. Now I just gotta evict my baby cories, and I can finally start to look into livestock


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