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Pair of Shell Dwellers in a 5 gallon


Dwayne Brown
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Hi all, recently I was at one of my LFS when I saw they had a nice selection of different species of shell dwellers. I have seen these cichlids online but in person they are just so much more colorful and I find their behavior fascinating. I really want to keep these fish but I have a problem, currently I have 2 tanks 1 community 29 gallon with soft watered fish, and a 5 gallon that I am currently putting together and getting cycled. So my question is this would it be alright to put a pair or trio of any of the shell dwelling cichlid species in a 5 gallon or would it be to small. 

 

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I really want to do some shell dwellers in the near future but I am going to say that a 5 gallon is really too small.  Others with more experience will surely chime in but that's what I am going to guess.  The really like to burrow and move their environments around to suit their needs in order for them to really thrive a bigger area is needed.  

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