Those Silly Multis
I've got 6 Lamprologus multifascitis in a 20 gallon high, with a rockpile in one corner, a grove of Vallisnera americana across the back 2/3, and a dozen murex shells for housing and a dozen small Mystery Snails growing out to bring to the LFS for credit. These are my first ever Afican cichlids, and my first cichlids of any kind in 20 years (I had an angelfish in a 10 gallon when I was a kid. Poor fishy.)
In any case, this tank is just off to my left when I am on the computer, so I tend to watch when something unusual happens in my peripheral vision.
You know how pond snails sometimes and for no apparent reason come loose and float straight up through the water column? Well, one did smack dab in the middle of the tank, right at the edge of the Vals, and the one multi whose territory is in the one shell in the Val grove followed it straight up. As he got about a third of the way, all the rest of the multis started vectoring in on him from the territories across the front of the tank. Then te snail hit the surface and the original stopped an inch short and gave it up for a lost cause, and everyone went back to their shells.
I know, it sounds pretty banal put that way. but it had a real cirque de soliel look to it as it happened.
Thanks for your time.
LOL - the things that happen when you don't have a video camera handy!
Mine are silly too
I have a tank of multis and they keep me entertained. :P Right now the tank is full of babies of all sizes and I get so confused as to who is who because they haven't chosen a shell yet and move around alot.
I have one who comes over to the glass to eyeball me when it's feeding time. I love these little guys!
Now, if they would just stop breeding for a minute...... :P
Re: Mine are silly too
My guys are just starting to top an inch long. I suspect that they will start breeding pretty soon, and I'll be keeping watch on the shells for little eyeballs.
Here're some pix:
(Pardon my rudimentary photographic skillz and unclean glass.)
ok im ok with fish but unless its a tetra or goldfish or betta im sorta out of my league. lol and some of that conversation confused me, but :yourock:
great fish, i love watching mine also the silly wierd things they do :D. what plants do you have in there? i might have the same ones and i just wanted to know the name thanks.
That said, you have the same problem with them as with livebearers - what to do with the fry. At some point your tank will get overcrowded. Then you can give them away, sell them at auction, return them to a fish store (hopefully for credit), euthanize them humanely, or feed them to predatory fish. Since I have a trio of bushfish (a predatory african fish related to gourmis) in another tank, my choice is easy. In fact, part of the reason I went with a tank full of multis was to have a more or less constant supply of disease free feeder fish.(I keep swortails in another tank for the very same reason).
thanks i think they are the Vallisnera Americana that i have, do you find they sprout like crazy?
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