02-24-2014, 04:30 PM
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I don't personally know about shell dwelling cichlids.
As for GBR's being finicky? They certainly can be. lol I forgot about that, sorry! I had a pair of them in my 55 gallon, the female ended up dying before spawning and the male got lovebird sickness and followed. As for care, like with most it's all about stable parameters where they need them to be. They can be...well, stubborn about some things, and they will mess up plants sometimes. Move things around...woke up one morning with a dozen of my plants uprooted, but fine. >>; All in all, if you don't think you're ready for them, probably better that you don't.
For gouramis? I used to have a neon blue dwarf gourami named Capone. They're lovely too and fairly easy to care for, also have fun personalities usually. If you want to go for a gourami I suggest either a dwarf or a honey(not to be confused with the golds who are just color morphs of the three-spot gourami and get waaay too big). The dwarfs come in a few color varieties, neon blue, powder blue, red flames, and I think there are a few more but I can't recall. This is my neon blue dwarf, Capone, who I was ecstatic about winning photo of the month with this shot: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/c...-40588-800.jpg
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