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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.







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Tank 3) 33 long with 13 Neolamprologus Brichardi and 4 Julidochromis Ornatus. This tank was set up on April 8th with pool filter sand, rocks, shells and established sponge filters. Fish were added from our local aquarium club auction on the 17th and the caves went in on the 19th. At this point territories are still being established between the Brichardi with the 3 largest running the show. The 4 smallest are being left alone but those that are young adults are have sought refuge in the distant corners of the tank. The Julie's seem to get along with all so far and have claimed caves as their own. This tank will definitely be the biggest challenge for me as Brichardi can be the most aggressive of all the fish I have.

Tank 4) 33 long with 12 Julidochromis Transcriptus and 4 juvenile Neolamprologus Caudopunctatus from said local Auction. The setup was the same as tank 3, sans the rock. So far everything is peaceful and the largest Julie's are establishing their territories. I will update both these as soon as I see any fry.

General notes:

My water is hard out of the trap but I also supplement with Seachem Tanganyika Buffer and Seachem Cichlid Lake Salt. I have not seen the escargot shells used in tanks 3&4 where tanks 1&2 use them almost exclusively. All fish are fed spirulina flakes, BBS and the occasional black worm meal.







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Nice tanks! Love the 33 long footprint and the 50 lowboy even more. I'm setting up a 55g with Julidochromis ornatus, multies, and Paracyprichromis nigripinnis. I have a nice healthy two pair of breeding multies in a 10g with several different generations of fry, probably numbering 30+ already, and I'm hoping they'll completely take over the bottom 2/3rds of the tank, with the remainder with rockwork for what I hope will be a large family of J. ornatus. Then some flashes of color from the P. nigripinnis up in the middle and upper areas of the tank.

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On 7/29/2021 at 10:45 PM, Beardedbillygoat1975 said:

Love my Neo brevjs. These are inspiring. I have a credit for multies and I’m thinking I need to get a tote set up and just do it! 

Got any questions let me know. Mine are pretty happy in their new home too.

There is something very rewarding about second generation fry.


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