07-27-2008, 12:29 PM
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I've been keeping "multies" for a few years now - very easy, very cool.
I recommend at least a 20g tank if possible, with a coral sand (aragonite, etc) bottom - the sand will help buffer against pH shift, and will be easy for the shellies to move (they like to dig).
I then put as many mid-sized (1-2" ) snail shells on the bottom as I can. These will provide the homes for the shellies.
I like to start the tank with about 6 cichlids - this way I have about 98% odds of having at least 1m1f, and I've got the beginnings of a "colony"
I try to keep the pH about 8.0 - 8.4 (I use the malawi buffer from Seachem).
I feed small foods - small mini-pellets, small flakes, small frozen foods (daphnia, baby artemia, and cyclopeeze) along with live baby artemia.