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PostSubject: Shell dwellers   Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:56 am

Im having trouble finiding some ideas for how to set up my shell dwelling tank. i got around 90 shells int he post atm.

I dont know wether to add slate/ocean rock etc etc....

I was after some snaps but many dont seem to be about anyone got any ideas?


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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:00 am

http://www.cichlidrecipe.com/shellweb/

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/cichlid/shelldwellers.php

There you go. I would add some ocean rock around the back and sides and then cover the substrate with shells Very Happy THen make sure that your pH is well high!
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:03 am

its high to start with 7.8 before anything even goes into tank! I got 2 little lumps of ocean rock atm but i will get some more - I want ones with holes all the way through, they are hard to dig out at some of the LFS
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:03 am

btw should I soak ocean rock?
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:05 am

Probs best to give it a good rinse Smile Mainly for the dust!
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:28 am

Matty wrote:
http://www.cichlidrecipe.com/shellweb/

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/cichlid/shelldwellers.php

There you go. I would add some ocean rock around the back and sides and then cover the substrate with shells Very Happy THen make sure that your pH is well high!

They are interesting info sheets, thanks for the links.

GD do you have a source for bigger shells lined upo for when they grow bigger? Are there stockists of that type of thing - I have never seen these fish so guess they are from specialists dealers are they?
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Thu Jun 19, 2008 5:56 am

not realy not many LFS stock them - best to find a breeder thanks to MC I stumbled across a few!

Shells dont need to be too big.a 1" gap is big enough for the female to get in and lay the eggs. they dont grow too big the Multies are just under 1" max size male about 2" tops

once i got them ill try and get some snaps but I only have a Digicam so dont expect great big lovely shots!
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:32 am

Well the tank is STILL settling will be clear by tomorrow. Got my sells today and the Ocean Rock has been soaking for over 24hrs!

WHta should I clean the shells in before adding to the tank?

Also if I disturb the substrate again will it go cloudy like how it was yesterday?


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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:52 am

It might go cloudy GD but it'll be ok. It will clear.

I'd just thoroughly wash the shells under running water in a bucket or colander.

Good luck with it, i'm away til sunday so will expect pics when i'm back Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:03 am

Roger, Ill see what I can do.
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:50 am

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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:59 am

So how many Shells do you think I should add? I got hmmmm 90 or so rofl!!

i can fit them all in.
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:36 am

This was last nights pic



This is today you can see its clearing...I think...

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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:02 am

Looking good! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:13 pm

Taking a while to settle tho Sad

Fish go in tonight
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:43 pm

GD - is this an empty tank? (Sorry but I have lost track of all your tank arrangements) I am just wondering if youy are having a bacterial bloom due to bacterial die off.

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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:26 am

Yes Diana the tank is empty at the mo. It is the tank for my Shell Dwellers

I was going to go collect them tonight from a breeder in Stoke on Trent.

I dont see how it could be a bacterial bloom as it was clear until I gave the sand a good stire to get rid of the trapped air.
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:30 am

have you been adding ammonia to keep the bacteria alive in the filter?
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:33 am

No - what im doing is once the fish go in im adding a filter which is full of bacteria to assist the filter in this tank.

the second little fluval 1 was in there to assist with the clearing of the water from the sand.
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:34 am

I may change some water. and clean the filter foams out.
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:34 am

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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:36 am

in thats Pic in the shell to the left it has an extra little one in too which keeps popping its head out.

Now they have left the shells they came in and have gone into the ones spread around the tank!
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:54 am

Gorgeous shellies! Which ones did you go for? Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:55 am

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PostSubject: Re: Shell dwellers   Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:56 am

Well done. Great fish Very Happy FTS??
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