Lake tang shells

  1. emmynk

    emmynk Well Known Member Member

    I have a lake tang tank with shell dwellers.

    When I clean my tank, is it okay to move their shells around? Or does this disturb them? Because I see fish poop in them ... I want to clean them out but they are skittish as it is! Haha
  2. Sayba

    Sayba Well Known Member Member

    I would think making sure they tank is clean and water is perfect is more important, if you scare anything it will just swim off and hide somewhere else.
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    19jimmy17 Valued Member Member

    I wouldn't move their shells around, I remembered reading a study done on some shell dweller species and the fish became very stressed when their shells were moved around. Also they spend a lot of time moving the shells to their liking within there little territories.

    I would use a turkey baster to get the poop out of the shells if it bugs you just try not to bump them around. I wouldn't be surprised if they clean there shells by picking out gunk and spitting it out of their shells.