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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-14-2009, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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I moved into my new place a few weeks ago and during the move 95% of my fish didn’t make it and half my plants. I was dumb and let my friend add the fish back to the tank I thought he new better he has a nice tank set up….

Any way I have a 55gal right know there is a pleco 3 blue ram cichlids left and a kulie loache from my original set up.
The other day I hit the LFS for some ideas and they had Shellie’s so I grabbed 2 females and a male and asked for a couple of extra shells and got another male that was hiding in one. So I have 4 Shellie’s.

The issue is I have all bottom dwellers. I would like to stick with dwarf cichlids maybe a cockatoo but I think these are bottom fish too…

Can you guys think of something that would fit nicely that are middle top swimmers?
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Doesn't sound like a very aggressive tank. Have you considered some rainbows or maybe a Pearl Gourami?


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I was thinking maybe Gourami but I've never kept them before they had a diamond fleck Gourami that looked interesting
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Even though a lot of these fish are pretty adaptable...they come from VASTLY different waters. The blue rams (plus any other apisto) and the kuhli loach prefer softer water with a lower pH. The shellies come from extremely hard water with a really high pH. Im not saying it cant be done, but somebody in the tank is probably going to suffer and not be very happy...
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Yea I know I have to keep pretty neutral level my PH is around 6.8 to 7 its a careful balance and the fish have to be introduced slowly but they seem happy and active.
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Are you talking about shell dwelling cichlids, Lake Tanganyika?
If you are, in general they are very aggressive. I have a few N. occellatus that back down fish 3x their size.
But the biggest problem is those shell dwellers like high pH and very hard water.
The ph in my Tanganyikan tank is almost 9, and my water is extremely hard.


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Yea they are shell dwelling cichlids from Lake Tanganyika. I think I will move them to my smaller tank. they haven't displayed any aggresive behavor. When any of the other fish come around they dart right back into there sells they are multies
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Multies are awesome. They would do fine in a 10 gal tank. they are so interesting to watch.


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Definitely think that's a bad mix of fish that should be separated. Completely opposite needs in terms of water parameters.

My advice once you separate them out is to put some cichlid substrate in with the Multis to get the water parameters where they need to be.





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