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Old 12-19-2015, 12:18 AM   #1
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Thinking about multies

Can anyone give me some basic information on multies?
1. Is an AC70 to much for a 20L?
2. What male to female ratio should I go with?
3. What kind of sand should I use? Add some crushed coral or no?(pH is right around 7.6, and water is in the middle range for hardness)
4. How many should I do in a 20L?
5. Are mystery snail shells with an opening the size of a nickle or bigger ok to use or are the better options?

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I used CaribSea Aragonite for my substrate. You're to really be careful with that small of a tank. Are you going a m/f pair? If they start breeding you're going to be over run pretty quickly. I've never used AC's so I can't answer that.


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Personally I think the most you could do is a m/2f. You'd probably need a seperate tank for the fry once they start really going.


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Old 12-19-2015, 03:25 PM   #4
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1: try it on low. May blow the sand around too much
2: I would try 1 or 2 males to 4 females but sexing isn't easy to me.
3: I would just use regular sand in the color of your liking. Your ph should be fine. I had no water problems with mine.
4: I would start with 5 or 6. a 20 long should be fine. You should have no problem getting rid of fry.
5: I would go with extra large escargot shells. I got mine off amazon.
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I used CaribSea Aragonite for my substrate. You're to really be careful with that small of a tank. Are you going a m/f pair? If they start breeding you're going to be over run pretty quickly. I've never used AC's so I can't answer that.


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Are you thinking 20L as in 20 liters? Because a 20 gallon long isn actually pretty big for multies IMO
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Are you thinking 20L as in 20 liters? Because a 20 gallon long isn actually pretty big for multies IMO
I agree! I would do like 6 and let the colony fill it up. I don't know how many but I'm sure you could keep quite a few in a 20L. I was up to about 15 in a standard 15 gallon with no problems.
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1: try it on low. May blow the sand around too much
2: I would try 1 or 2 males to 4 females but sexing isn't easy to me.
3: I would just use regular sand in the color of your liking. Your ph should be fine. I had no water problems with mine.
4: I would start with 5 or 6. a 20 long should be fine. You should have no problem getting rid of fry.
5: I would go with extra large escargot shells. I got mine off amazon.
Thanks Mike!

I want to see how it does on high with a modified output(what Fresh did to his AC50's) but if that doesn't work I'll definitely turn the flow down.
Is it better to have fine sand like ultra ultra fine white sand or is regular play sand better? I have natural play sand in my 20L low tech and the cory's don't seem to mind it.
I'll look into the escargot shells, I know I can get some craft store shells that are pretty big as a backup plan. What am I looking for in the shells? Shaped like mystery snails where they are very circular?
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what ever sand you get will be fine. They will dig and move it around constantly.
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Escargot Shells: Buy Escargot Shells Online, Read Reviews at igourmet.com
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Hopefully I'll have a chance to go to the craft store early next week to look at the shells. If I can find some that look like escargot for less than what escargot are going for on amazon (~$9/dz) I'll get them.

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You can try looking at the craft store. My tank actually has some craft store shells but my multies so strongly prefer the escargot shells that all but maybe 3 or 4 of the craft shells have been buried
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