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07-09-2013, 08:54 AM #1
First Shellie Tank -- shellies killing each other?
I'm planning on starting my first Tang Shellie tank in a 15g tank. It's a 2 x 1 x 1 ft tank and I was planning on buying a group of 6-8 juvenile lamprologus occelatus "gold", raising them and eventually ending up with 1 male and around 3 females.
However I have been talking to the people at my local club and several of them have mentioned that they all tried keeping shellies (occies, as these are the only ones we can get in NZ) and they would all start out with a decent group and eventually end up with just 1, as they would kill each other until only one remained.
I thought my tank was big enough for a species only occie set-up but now I'm not so sure. I've been warned that it's very likely I'll only end up with one fish!! Thoughts on this anyone?
07-09-2013, 09:39 AM #2
Never heard that. Looking af seriously fish I suspect that too few shells and too many fish are the most likely causes. Perhaps start with 4-6 fish and add a few rocks to allow for territorial boundaries
07-09-2013, 01:13 PM #3
Bah, maybe I should just go with something easy like my original South American idea! These Tangs sound complicated. And it would be hugely disappointing to have them shipped all the way down from auckland just to have them die on me.
07-09-2013, 01:31 PM #4Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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I wouldn't want to go through that either - you want all your fish to remain alive LOL
07-09-2013, 01:36 PM #5
07-09-2013, 01:56 PM #6
Can't get brevis OR multis in NZ sadly, they're not on our [very small] "Allowable Import" species list. Along with everything else cool ever.
We can get Neolamprologus brichardi and leleupi occasionally but these aren't appropriate for this tank either. Can get Altolamprologus calvus but $$$++ EXPENSIVE.
07-09-2013, 02:15 PM #7
well darn. I was looking forward to seeing how your shellie tank worked out. Sounds like you may have to regroup. so sorry. If you do decide to go south american, you can have some lovely dwarf cichlids. :o)30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies, mystery & nerite snails
15 g FW planted:crown tail betta, neons, pygmy cory, clown pleco, mystery & nerite snails
90 g FW planted:congos, rainbows, roseline sharks, swordtails, krib pair, ABNP, peppered cories, mystery snails
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07-09-2013, 04:44 PM #8
Well... some of the big ones can be mean b.... but not shellies.
07-11-2013, 12:22 AM #9
As i mentioned earlier only occies, brichardi, leleupi and calvus (but calvus are about $110 per fish so theyre absolutely out of the question). I think very occasionally some species of julis show up but very rare and not cheap.
07-12-2013, 04:38 PM #10
0"At some point you aren't making the animal more dead...You are just making a bigger mess." - Demjor19