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Old 08-02-2011, 05:11 PM   #1
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I am somewhat new to aquariums and fish and whatnot. I am still currently building my 55 gal tank after doing a little research and thought that this forum may be a good idea for help. I had obtained the tank from a neighbor for free with a stand. I hope to learn a lot here and make my fish as happy as possible! I am currently trying to find one fish, by itself, for the 20 gal that will be happy on its own.
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In a 20 I think a pair of either shellies or rams would look good.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:18 PM   #3
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In a 20 I think a pair of either shellies or rams would look good.
What are those? I am sorry I dont really know all the types of fish yet haha. I am assuming they are freshwater? Where could I find them? Thanks
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What are those? I am sorry I dont really know all the types of fish yet haha. I am assuming they are freshwater? Where could I find them? Thanks
your LFS might have the rams,but youd probably have to order the shellies(shell dwelling cichlids). both are calmer species of cichlids,but one shell dweller in a 20 would make for a pretty lonely display tank IMO


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Shellies are Small ( 1-1.5") African cichlids from Lake Tanganyika that live, spawn and raise fry in small shells. I wouldn't say they are "calm" they are pretty busy little buggers. In a 20 gal I would start with 6-10 because depending on the species they will breed like bunnies. Neolamprologus' multifasciatus are one of the more common of the shellies.

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Shellies are Small ( 1-1.5") African cichlids from Lake Tanganyika that live, spawn and raise fry in small shells. I wouldn't say they are "calm" they are pretty busy little buggers. In a 20 gal I would start with 6-10 because depending on the species they will breed like bunnies. Neolamprologus' multifasciatus are one of the more common of the shellies.

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i meant peaceful,not calm. i really need to reread before posting
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My shell dwellers were called brevis and they are busy but have never shown aggression. They will hide in their shells if startled.
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i meant peaceful,not calm. i really need to reread before posting
I am going to have to disagree with that, like allot of African cichlids they can actually be pretty aggressive towards each other. Also I forgot to mention it's not normally a good idea to keep more than one type of Shellie in the tank for this for this reason.
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I am going to have to disagree with that, like allot of African cichlids they can actually be pretty aggressive towards each other. Also I forgot to mention it's not normally a good idea to keep more than one type of Shellie in the tank for this for this reason.
really? i did not know that,thanks
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