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post #1 of 4 Old 01-09-2012, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Any tough guys out there ?

Hey who ever sees this :p

I've been doing some research about cichlids and I came across some cichlids called shelldwellers! And there like the coolest thing ever! There super tough, and live in cool little colonies and breed in shells ect! But I really want a colony! And thing is is I have a 55 gallon with Mbuna, idk if any will be compatible! Like they'd most likely be bullied and stuff! :( so I was wondering if maybe there were any tough shell dwellers out there that can defend themselves?

Any suggestions? Thanks!! :D
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-09-2012, 12:54 AM
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Hey who ever sees this :p

I've been doing some research about cichlids and I came across some cichlids called shelldwellers! And there like the coolest thing ever! There super tough, and live in cool little colonies and breed in shells ect! But I really want a colony! And thing is is I have a 55 gallon with Mbuna, idk if any will be compatible! Like they'd most likely be bullied and stuff! :( so I was wondering if maybe there were any tough shell dwellers out there that can defend themselves?

Any suggestions? Thanks!! :D
In a word, NO. You would be best served setting up a 20 gal long tank for the shellies.

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Okay well it makes sense there pretty small :( but better safe then sorry!! :) thanks!!
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-09-2012, 03:19 PM
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Shell Dwellers are very cool fish. They have very interesting behavior and the colony interaction is fun to watch. If you really want to see colony behavior they really need a tank of their own. A 20 long is a good choice, I have seen 40B and 55Gs that have amazing colonies in them as well.
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