Shellies in a 5 gal?

Discussion in 'Shell Dweller Cichlids' started by Gouramiguy17, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. Gouramiguy17Well Known MemberMember

    Could I put a trio of shellies in a 2ft long 5 gallon that has a ton of filtration?

  2. ElodeaWell Known MemberMember

    I'm inclined to say no...maybe 2 will work, but I'm not sure about 3.
  3. platy benWell Known MemberMember

    a pair would work, but if you got a trio, one would be left out and would be very stressed.
  4. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    What are the measurements on the 5g long?
  5. Gouramiguy17Well Known MemberMember

    2 ft long, 8 in wide 9 in tall
  6. Gouramiguy17Well Known MemberMember

    Wow, I just entered the measurements and the tank is 7.5 gallons
  7. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    You could do a trio of multies with that foot print but you would have to watch your water parameters very very closely. Since they don't have a big bioload it shouldn't be a problem. Do watch to see if you have an outcast and remove it to another tank. Usually happens with extra males.
  8. jprime84Valued MemberMember

    I would say depends on the species. The Multifaciatus are soooo tiny (just got 4 myself) that I think a trio would be just fine in that size tank. If you get some old enough to distinguish sex, get only 1 male and 2 females.
  9. GBR.MoorrreeeeValued MemberMember

    I agree with the multis. Just be ready for fry!!

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