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Old 09-03-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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Talking Surprise! Shellie babies!

So, today i was sitting on my bed, looked over at my shellie tank (neolamprologus multifasiatus) and noticed a wiggler at the mouth of one of the shells! The mom is staying around that particular shell, and I've seen 2 wigglers. I wasn't expecting this, so I have no baby brine shrimp or anything, so what should I feed them? And should I just use a eye dropper to deposit it in the shell? Will they naturally just find food withing the sand and stuff? I just wasn't expecting this at all! So excited though! Also, how many fry do they commonly have? Thanks everyone!
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When I kept shellies their spawns were low with around 10-20 on average, if they are younger fish then I wouldn't expect more than 5-10.

I've always fed all my fry crushed up NLS flakes or NLS Grow, if your in a pinch I could send you some. Otherwise just take your regular pellets and grind them up in the coffee grinder(that's my wife's favorite).

Congrats on the spawn!
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It appears that there are 3 little wigglers, all happy and playing around momma's shell while she cleans and digs out her territory lol To my knowledge, this is the first spawn for any of them. I have some hikari herbivore cichlid pellets I can grind up for now, but i don't have any of the NLS and I don't get paid till friday :/ hmm I'm sure I can make it work
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Let's play "Find the Fry!" haha

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Let's play "Find the Fry!" haha
What's kind of sand is that, play sand? It looks good.
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Yeah, I've had good luck with play sand and the shellies LOVE it, it's rescaped every day

And don't worry HUKIT, tanganyikans are the only Africans I'll do I'm still a New World kinda guy haha
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I've kept over 300 hundred species of cichlids from around the world, so trust me I've had more old world cichlids than I've had new world...I've even kept some from Madagascar!
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Are these cichlids easy to breed? I really want to try breeding cichlids.
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The madagascan cichlids are pretty cool! Shellies will always have a sweet spot in my heart though, such interesting little fish!
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