Looking for advice on shelldwellers!!

  1. platy ben Well Known Member Member

    Hello everybody :)

    I currently have an empty 45G tank however throughout the winter I will be raising some baby koi in it until the weather warms up a bit.

    Once the koi are out in the pond I intend on turning this tank back tropical and I am looking at shelldwellers, im just looking for people personal experience with them and wondering is my tank too big for shelldwellers?

  2. Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

  3. platy ben Well Known Member Member

    Thanks shawnie :D

    Just to say incase anyone is wondering, I will only be keeping a maximum of 8 1" koi in the tank for a maximum of 4 months
  4. platy ben Well Known Member Member

    Just another question about the shell dwellers, if I am to go ahead with this could I put in another type of top dwelling fish, I have read that zebra danios would be ok?

  5. platy ben Well Known Member Member

    Anybody know how much shelldweller cichlids cost in £s?

    Hi everyone, I am soon getting some shelldweller cichlids but I don't have any idea how much they actually cost lol :)
    So if anyone knows I would be greatful :) even if its in $s :)
  6. Fish Addict Well Known Member Member

    Hi, I had Multies (tiny shellies) for a few months, and I would say that it would be fine for shellies, you could even maybe have enough space for several colonies or species... I think that depending on your tanks dimensions you probably could have some danios or something, though you might have to be careful if you are trying to breed the fish. For me, my fish were at all levels of the tank, so I don't know, but it was a fairly short tank.
  7. harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    I really don't know anything about pricing in the UK, sorry Ben! I can tell you that in the states, the going rate for shellies like ocellatus, brevis, multifasciatus (the more common species) is about $10 a fish in stores. I got some hecquis from Aquabid for $50 for 12 fish, and this is a fish I have never seen in a store. It's going to cost about $50 for shipping, but it's still a great deal for a rare species. Do you have an auction site like Aquabid in the UK? If you do, it might be worth checking out. Be sure to pay close attention to a seller's feedback.

  8. Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    Hi ben...ive merged your posts about the shell dwellers :) that way all the same subject can be kept together
  9. platy ben Well Known Member Member

    Thanks Shawnie :)

    We have a site called aquaclassified or something which I have posted an advert on but have had no responses :(
    But I am going to my fish store tomorrow to get some for my 15G :)
    Ive been speaking to Carol and we have decided that I should get 4 adults at the most for the 15G and then I can move them into the 45G once the koi go outside :)

    I think my fish store sells them for about 8 pounds each :), so its quite close to $10 :)
  10. harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    Cool, what species will you buy?

  11. platy ben Well Known Member Member

    I think my fish store has Neolamprologus multifasciatus or Neolamprologus similus :) I like both types so its good :)
    Might even mix species once they are in the 45G but only if everything goes well which it should :)
  12. Butterfly Moderator Moderator Member

    Yes I've really enjoyed our discussions. I'm not sure I would mix species of shelldwellers to start with. Once they get started they will make colonies and spread out all over the tank bottom. Good luck. Keep us posted.