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Old 02-18-2014, 10:40 PM   #1
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Shell dwellers wont house

I have a 72 bowfront, with live rock lots of sand and 50 shells, plus barnacles.
I have 5 gold occalotus and there are no bullies other than one beusheri, and he's not that bad. But they will not house in the shells, they stay at the top of the water, healthy, and happy
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:54 PM   #2
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They really only house to breed and that's a big tank for just 5.... 72 I would have done 10 to 20.

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Old 02-19-2014, 09:19 PM   #3
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My multies live about 6 inches from their shells, and rarely go in them anymore, unless to breed or sleep. Check at night and see where they are sleeping
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They sleep closer to the sand, but still not in the shells. As for the number of them... These are the high end golds and at dealers cost they still ran 25 a pop, and thats if you can find them, so for now I have to stick with five. Thanks for the help
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:05 AM   #5
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They really will only use the shells if threatened witch they dont have or breeding/sleeping

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They were being threatened by a Ventralis, but I took him out a while back
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:32 PM   #7
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And they would not run into shell when threatened? Are your shells big enough for them?

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Old 02-20-2014, 02:55 PM   #8
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What type of shells do you use? Full tank pic?
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Shells are plenty big I have seen the biggest of them go inside the shells plus I have a large colony of barnacle shells for them as well
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:45 PM   #10
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Then honestly idk

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Old 02-20-2014, 05:03 PM   #11
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Can we get a full tank shot please? Freakgecko is the one to ask about shellys. Helped me a bunch
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:33 PM   #12
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I've got some experience with mulitfasciatus (about a year and a half's worth), but these are seriously one of my favorite groups of fish!

I gotta ask, what do you mean "live rock"? There isn't such thing as live rock in a freshwater tank to my knowledge, so I'm a bit confused.
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:40 PM   #13
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Sorry about no pics yet... Live rock and sand, the same stuff that's in a reef. Only mine was dry (dead). It naturally keeps the ph and hardness at perfect tang levels. And it looks great. Pics soon
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My males are 1 3/4-2 inches long. The shells are 25 turbo snails and the other 25 are authentic Tanganyikan shells
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Sorry about no pics yet... Live rock and sand, the same stuff that's in a reef. Only mine was dry (dead). It naturally keeps the ph and hardness at perfect tang levels. And it looks great. Pics soon
if it's dead it's not live just FYI

My shellies almost never went into their shells unless they were makin' babies.
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Yeah, my multies are NEVER in their shells, unless I rearrange them, in which they MUST investigate every shell lol My only word of advice is add more shells, and move them a bit closer together, create groupings of shells (about 7-8 shells per grouping)
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if it's dead it's not live just FYI

My shellies almost never went into their shells unless they were makin' babies.
I do as much saltwater as I do fresh, it's all the same to me.
It's so strange every other Shellie I have ever owned (maybe 12-15) have stuck to there shells. Maybe they were the odd balls.
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