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Old 01-13-2014, 03:10 AM   #1
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Multie madness


I've got a 75g which I initially got for shellies and julies. However, at some point, it became a "holding-tank" for the plants I try in my Fluval Spev V at work.



In the next few weeks, I'll probably get about 6 multies who will hopefully make a beeline for the shellpile.

But what should I do for the rest?

I could cover the rocks in moss and add some chollas, and put inexpesive cherries on that side, and my multies will have shrimp on the hoof.

Would paracyps like the rockpile with the plants?

Get some fish like white clouds or danios for the middle?

I'm at a loss... any suggestions? Oh, and I know the Tanganyikan purists already think I should be shot, so I'm really asking the rest of you.

Thanks,
James

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Old 01-13-2014, 06:58 PM   #2
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I'm planing to do a shelly tank in the near future so I have been doing my research. From what I understand they not only need shells but also need a sand substrate to be able to bury the shells and move them about.
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my shellie tank was just shells and sand. they like to dig so plants will get uprooted.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:54 PM   #4
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Might be a good idea to pot the plants, as wicca27 implied. Otherwise shellies are generally harmless to plants, though as stated said digging tendencies need to be allowed to be expressed...might want to decrease the shell pile.

Paracyps and small cyp species would most likely be fine in that tank, and if you buy a dozen or more may even spawn for you eventually. I'm not aware of either of these genera bothering plants.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:09 PM   #5
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Mmm, someone just reminded me I should have a pH of 8, and I just tested and mine's only 7.5. I don't do anything to alter the pH, just add crushed coral to the filter to buffer and add carbonates.
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