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Shell Dweller set up? Is it okay
Old 06-28-2011, 12:07 PM   #21
 
I plan on asking before ading because I am not to familiar with rift lake cichilids. I would like to house a few different species of shell dwellers. L. Multi. being a staple fish.... I will most likely add guppies but would their fins get nipped if I do?
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:16 PM   #22
 
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Guppies would probably get killed, their fins will look a lot like a cichlid territorial display and multies are tough fish that arent afraid of anything. I have heard of people using white clouds as dither fish, but if you can find them paracryprichomis are the best. They are the native midwater fish for lake tang and are very colorful.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:44 PM   #23
 
Here are the fish I want in this tank: 2 bricardi or however you spell it, 3 ish ocellatus, 3 ish multies. and MTS
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:55 PM   #24
 
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Here are the fish I want in this tank: 2 bricardi or however you spell it, 3 ish ocellatus, 3 ish multies. and MTS
Never add cichlids in 2's or 3's because there will always be one that gets picked on. Are you planig on keeping pairs? Only one brichardi the other one would get killed. Again add more than 3 occelatus or one or 2 will get killed. And it's not a good idea for a beginner to mix shell sweller species especially species as aggressive as mulites and ocellatus. Ocellatus or so nasty I have seen a pair fend off a 6-8 FRONTOSA. Pick one shell dwelling species, one or two rock dwelling species and a mid water species. Trust me one species of shellie will leave you plenty of entertainment.
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:47 PM   #25
 
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Never add cichlids in 2's or 3's because there will always be one that gets picked on. Are you planig on keeping pairs? Only one brichardi the other one would get killed. Again add more than 3 occelatus or one or 2 will get killed. And it's not a good idea for a beginner to mix shell sweller species especially species as aggressive as mulites and ocellatus. Ocellatus or so nasty I have seen a pair fend off a 6-8 FRONTOSA. Pick one shell dwelling species, one or two rock dwelling species and a mid water species. Trust me one species of shellie will leave you plenty of entertainment.
As long as the Brichardi are a mated pair they would not kill each other. I don't agree on the Occes either, I have seen 3-4 kept well as long as the M to F ratio is at least 1-1 preferably 1-2. I do agree that two types of shellies cannot be kept unless the tank is large enough to have separate territories. If I were setting up this tank I would probably do a group of shellies and a pair of julidochromis, along with a midwater dither fish.
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:32 PM   #26
 
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As long as the Brichardi are a mated pair they would not kill each other. I don't agree on the Occes either, I have seen 3-4 kept well as long as the M to F ratio is at least 1-1 preferably 1-2. I do agree that two types of shellies cannot be kept unless the tank is large enough to have separate territories. If I were setting up this tank I would probably do a group of shellies and a pair of julidochromis, along with a midwater dither fish.
A mated pair of brichardi kept with anything is a terrible idea unless it is a VERY large tank. These guys are nasty when spawning and will take on fish many times their size to defend their turf. Pound for pound they are one of the most aggressive Africans out there especially as a pair. I wouldn't recommend keeping more than one for the setup. I do agree that a group of one shellie species a pair of julidochromis along with a midwater dither would be a awesome setup.
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