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I know there was interest in members learning more about shellies because of some of my other posts. I am by no means an expert yet, but thought I would share my triumphs and fails along the way regarding my now 4 tanks dedicated to these fun fish. Tank 1) this is my Lamprologus ornatipinnis kigoma tank 33 long that started with 5 fish. Setup was on March 17th and as I have shared in another post things are going great. My daughter counted 20 fry just before I took the pictures tonight. Tank 2) Neolamprologus Multifasciatus species tank 33 long. This was also started on March 17th with 9 adults. I believe 6 female and 3 males, two being dominant with established territories. There is at least 30 fry in this tank now. 18 that may have been eggs or swimming eyeballs when I brought everything home (the adults came in their own shells) and another dozen that I noticed 8-10 days ago. Surprisingly the fry are not part of the largest males territory. The substrate on this tank started as flat as could be but they have landscaped it to a beautiful cratered landscape. Everything will eventually be moved to a 50 Low Boy to accommodate the growing population.
So I've lost three fish in the last three weeks, and I have yet to identify the cause, and it's really starting to bother me. A lot. I recently treated the tank with Maracyn and ParaCleanse, though I haven't observed any symptoms other than a sudden loss of appetite, hiding under rocks, and then overnight finding them dead on the bottom of the tank. Parameters all check out fine (amm 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 5-10 kh 14 gh 18 ph 8.0 temp 77). It's a partially filled 29g (has about 22g in in right now I'd guess) with currently 5, likely soon to be 4 Paracyprichromis nigripinnis (neon blue herring cichlid), from Lake Tanganyika. These are captive bred, I got them shipped to me about 2 months ago. I originally had 8, lost one a few days after shipping that probably just didn't ship well, these are known to be sensitive shippers. The other 7 seemed fine until about 2 or 3 weeks ago, when they started dying. I've been feeding a mixture of crushed Xtreme krill flakes, bbs, and microworms 3 or 4 times a day. Some of them still seem quite skinny, though others are starting to round out. The ones that I've found dead usually are on the skinnier side. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to solve this problem? Also, what should I do about the one that seems near death on the bottom of the tank? It's kind of on it's side, breathing slowly, but it's occasionally moving around the tank. It doesn't seem interested in eating unfortunately. I've never had much luck with using a hospital tank, I usually just try treating in whatever tank the sick fish is in, if it is in need of treatment.