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RainMan
04-14-2008, 09:44 PM
I'm setting up a 10gal tank for some some Malawi shell dwellers ( Pseudotropheus lanisticola) If I can find that specific species.

Anyway, I'm wondering what kind of snail shell should I get or can use??? I am wondering if escargot shells would work? I could go down to a local restaurant and ask them for the left overs. ??? Or if there is something better I'ld be happy to know more. :)

Thanks!

Fishalicious
04-14-2008, 10:40 PM
Escargot shells work great with the smaller shell dwellers... they need a really good cleaning though unless you want garlic & herb fish breath :hmm3grin2orange:

Pseudotropheus lanisticola get bigger and I don't believe they will be able to squeeze into Escargot shells...

Hermit Crab shells would be a better size I reckon

EDIT: Just found this - Common shells used for shell dwellers include authentic Neothauma shells, ocean turbo shells, escargot shells, whale eye shells, and Ampullariidae-family shells. Shells must be of an appropriate size for the species, have a round opening, and have open coils

cocoa_pleco
04-14-2008, 10:52 PM
go to a reef store, they will have shells for 25 cents-$1 each, they sell them for saltwater hermit crabs but theyre fine in FW

RainMan
04-15-2008, 12:58 AM
Escargot shells work great with the smaller shell dwellers... they need a really good cleaning though unless you want garlic & herb fish breath :hmm3grin2orange:

Pseudotropheus lanisticola get bigger and I don't believe they will be able to squeeze into Escargot shells...

Hermit Crab shells would be a better size I reckon

EDIT: Just found this - Common shells used for shell dwellers include authentic Neothauma shells, ocean turbo shells, escargot shells, whale eye shells, and Ampullariidae-family shells. Shells must be of an appropriate size for the species, have a round opening, and have open coils

Yeah.... I just can't imagine any of the snail shells I've seen being capable of housing a 2" fish. More than likely I won't be able to get that species anyway. It's not that common.

I just read that quote you found too. Here's another:

With regards to the shells required by the Shell-Dwelling Cichlids, there are a few suggestions. Marine shells sold in pet stores for hermit crabs and saltwater aquaria are suitable. The shells of deceased freshwater apple snails and mystery snails are also acceptable. If you want a close approximation of the true Neothauma shell, empty shells of the edible snail can be purchased at premium delicatessens. Small terra-cotta flower pots and Cichlid caves will also provide the necessary cover. Should you require a decor which allows easy removal of the fish, barnacle shells are excellent. Regardless of the "shell" you choose, it is wise to clean it, boil it, and rinse it thoroughly to remove any remains of the previous occupant! -Desktop Cichlids The Shell Dweller Recipe! (http://www.cichlidrecipe.com/shellweb/shell_intro.htm)



go to a reef store, they will have shells for 25 cents-$1 each, they sell them for saltwater hermit crabs but theyre fine in FW

Yeah... I never even thought of hermit crabs.... durrrr! Back to the LFS again. :) There gonna start calling me Norm if I spend much more time there!

Thanks Jess and Cocoa!

toddnbecka
04-15-2008, 04:19 AM
If you can't find anything suitable at the lfs, try cichlidbreeding.com for shells. They have a great selection and decent prices.

cocoa_pleco
04-15-2008, 04:29 AM
or ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/60-ASSORTED-COWRY-1-2-2-1-2-SEA-SHELL-SHELLS-AQUARIUM_W0QQitemZ270227821045QQihZ017QQcategoryZ4 838QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/10pcs-BABYLONIA-SPIRATA-1-2-SEA-SHELL-SHELLS-AQUARIUM_W0QQitemZ270227820331QQihZ017QQcategoryZ4 838QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

TowBoater
04-15-2008, 12:13 PM
I use them big conch shells.

RainMan
04-15-2008, 12:49 PM
If you can't find anything suitable at the lfs, try cichlidbreeding.com for shells. They have a great selection and decent prices.

That's a great site: Breeding Shells for Fish (http://www.cichlidbreeding.com/products.php?cat=10) Too bad they are out of their Neothauma Tanganyicense Shells Collected From Lake Tanganyika. That would've been cool!


or ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/60-ASSORTED-COWRY-1-2-2-1-2-SEA-SHELL-SHELLS-AQUARIUM_W0QQitemZ270227821045QQihZ017QQcategoryZ4 838QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
http://cgi.ebay.com/10pcs-BABYLONIA-SPIRATA-1-2-SEA-SHELL-SHELLS-AQUARIUM_W0QQitemZ270227820331QQihZ017QQcategoryZ4 838QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I use them big conch shells.

So, I guess they aren't too picky about their shell selection. :) Good to know.

Thanks everybody!