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Old 02-14-2014, 11:00 PM   #1
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'Lamprologus' multifasciatus build!

Whats up everyone, I have decided to redo my 20g long for multis. Anyone else have multis that can offer me advice on these little guys? The tank size is 30"Lx12"Wx12"H.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:25 AM   #2
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Good for a small colony around 10

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Good for a small colony around 10

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Yeah I've been doing a bit of research about them. I think I'm gonna start with 6-8 and remove whatever doesn't pair off
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Or see if you can do 2 males and 8 females males

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Or see if you can do 2 males and 8 females males

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I'm not sure these guys are sexable at 1"? Are they? I'm ordering them online and they are 8.99 a piece
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Oh no not good luck

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I'm getting some similis in a few weeks after I free up my 40g

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Maybe I will search for a few reputable breeders and locate some males and females. Why do you say 2 males 8 females?
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I have adult multis and can barely sex them lol

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Use sand
Have 3-4 shells PER fish
Add everyone at the same time, they tend to not like newcomers once the colony is
Have a good sized colony, 6-8 fish at least. Sounds like a lot, it's not. They are harem breeders, not pair bonded, so you won't see pairs forming.
Have patience with them. They are incredibly shy for a while. Mine rarely go into their shells anymore except to breed and sleep. But my colony is a year and a half old now.

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Add other species of Shellie, shellies can't be mixed and matched
Add other species of fish, they will typically kill them. My colony has killed 2 bristlenose now and beat on the juvie male I have in there, the BNP like to try and clean the shell.
Expect the tank to look awesome. They'll redecorate for you, and I mean move several pounds of sand in a matter of a week or two.
Lack in shells, you will stress them literally to death
Add plant, they'll typically end up burying them anyway
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I have adult multis and can barely sex them lol

DO:
Use sand
Have 3-4 shells PER fish
Add everyone at the same time, they tend to not like newcomers once the colony is
Have a good sized colony, 6-8 fish at least. Sounds like a lot, it's not. They are harem breeders, not pair bonded, so you won't see pairs forming.
Have patience with them. They are incredibly shy for a while. Mine rarely go into their shells anymore except to breed and sleep. But my colony is a year and a half old now.

DON'T:
Add other species of Shellie, shellies can't be mixed and matched
Add other species of fish, they will typically kill them. My colony has killed 2 bristlenose now and beat on the juvie male I have in there, the BNP like to try and clean the shell.
Expect the tank to look awesome. They'll redecorate for you, and I mean move several pounds of sand in a matter of a week or two.
Lack in shells, you will stress them literally to death
Add plant, they'll typically end up burying them anyway
Thanks freakgecko! That helped a bunch. Is there a way to get algae to start growing faster on the shells or what? I never attempted to grow algae just remove it!! Would like a play sand work? And can I add low lying rocks? Just to give me a view other than shells!
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