Shell Dweller tank 2.0

Leeman75

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I wasn't sure whether to post this in the Tank Build section or here, but I am redoing my Neolamprologus Multifasciatus. It's a 29 gallon that I started almost a year ago. I added four Multies about 2 months later in June. The tank originally had a Dwarf Gourami and Zebra Danios in it, but when no breeding was taking place, I moved those out a few months later. Since, I have been waiting for the breeding to commence and it never has. It seems that I have 4 males and I have been toiling over what to do. I made the decision to get more and will be going to the breeder to pick up 6 Multies tomorrow with the hopes that at least a couple, but hopefully more like 4-5 of them are females.

I will be preparing by emptying out all rocks, fake plants, and a most of the shells to clean off algae (can't believe that I have so much with 4 small fish who don't get overfed) and rescape so that when the new fish comes, it's a new scape for everyone. Hopefully, that will keep any aggression or bad tempers at bay.
So, the night before and pre-cleaning/rescape, here is the tank. Stay tuned for updates tomorrow.

P.S. - Don't mind the streaks on the glass, it's evaporated hard water that I haven't cleaned off the outside of the tank.


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Leeman75

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Here's the tank after the work this morning. I moved rocks around and took some out, cleaned the fake plants of most of the algae, and cleaned off the algae from all of the shells. Oh, and I also did some cleaning of mulm from the HOB and squeezed out the sponge filter a bit.

I was a little worried, because I only saw 1 of the Multies in there. I left a clump of 4 shells that he was swimming around undisturbed and leveled and cleaned the rest of the tank. After adding everything back in and filling it with water, I left it in darkness for a while. Checked on it again about an hour later and all 4 of the fish were out and around each other looking great!

Ready for new fish!


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It was quite the eventful trip to get the fish. I got a flat tire on the interstate and had to change it and hand off the vehicle to my wife on a highway with a ton of traffic flying past us at 70-80 MPH!!

But, alas I got to the breeder, did the exchange and brought the fish home and got acclimating right away. He gave me 7 total. We had agreed on 6, but he gave me the tiny little one at the bottom left of the picture as a freebie. Still...6 Multies for $5 each is a steal! I've never seen them cheaper than $15 each!


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Eventually, got them into the tank. The breeder thought that he had given me 4 F, 2 M, and the tiny one unkown. As they are acclimating, I'm wondering if he may have given me more males than he thought based on their behavior. But, it seems that I have at least 2 bona fide Fs at least. They are hiding in and around the shells.

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The rest are above the shells mingling with the OG 4. The great thing is that there is zero aggression between the originals and the new. There's a little bit of funny stuff between 3 of the OG 4, but that's probably just them trying to determine the pecking order now that there are others in the tank.


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TClare

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Interesting...good luck with the breeding...
 

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