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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby sir_keith » Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:04 pm

fishybuisness wrote: ...I’ll try to get some argonite sand if that would help...


The crushed coral should be fine for your purposes, especially if you already have a supply of it.
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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby fishybuisness » Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:03 pm

Hello, this is my set up. I added 20 shells today, they were a bit smaller than I thought but I’m pretty sure they will work, is it too many for the multies. The like to move sand around right, thanks
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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby Deeda » Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:04 pm

The shell size looks just fine to me. The sand depth is way too much IMO as it appears over 2" thick.
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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby fishybuisness » Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:06 pm

I lowered the sand level 2 or 3 centimetres, would that be okay for them now?
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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby Deeda » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:50 am

How deep is the sand bed?

I usually keep Multies in 1 inch to 1.5 inch deep substrate or 2.5 cm to 3.8 cm deep.
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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby sir_keith » Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:16 pm

This conversation about how much substrate one should have with Multi's is amusing, because the Multi's are going to rearrange the gravel to their liking no matter what you do, and your tank will most likely end up looking like the tanks on the bottom level, shown here-

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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby Deeda » Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:28 pm

I do understand that Multies will move a substantial amount of sand around and bury a lot of the shells which is entertaining in itself.

I also find that some Multie keepers complain that they don't like to see huge piles of sand burying shells and feel the need to level out the substrate frequently so they can enjoy seeing the interaction among the fish defending shells and raising fry.

My choice was to reduce the amount of sand and increase the amount of shells so that everyone was happy and could still move the substrate around to their liking without ending up with huge piles of sand obscuring my view.
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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby sir_keith » Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:13 pm

I like the pyramids! :lol:
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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby fishybuisness » Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:47 pm

The amount of sand I think will be okay, as sir Keith said I like the pyramids as well. Like tiny sand dunes. Thanks for your help
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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby DJRansome » Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:14 pm

Deeda wrote:I do understand that Multies will move a substantial amount of sand around and bury a lot of the shells which is entertaining in itself.

I also find that some Multie keepers complain that they don't like to see huge piles of sand burying shells and feel the need to level out the substrate frequently so they can enjoy seeing the interaction among the fish defending shells and raising fry.

My choice was to reduce the amount of sand and increase the amount of shells so that everyone was happy and could still move the substrate around to their liking without ending up with huge piles of sand obscuring my view.
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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby fishybuisness » Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:22 pm

My sand is about 1.7 inches with two rocks in it
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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby Deeda » Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:18 am

Sounds good, the beauty of landscaping tanks vary from person to person.
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Re: New multi aquarium

Postby fishybuisness » Sat Nov 28, 2020 4:57 pm

Hey again everyone, about 2 weeks ago I got four multies for the tank, we know that there was at least one pair. I seem to have one male? Almost double the size of everyone else. The tank has been completely rearranged with one fish making large walls around their shells. The big fish lives about 1” inch away from a smaller fish, he looks like he owns the tank. He comes up to the shells of other fish and pecks at them. My 3 small fish all are basically the same size? Can anyone guess their sexes by this post? Thanks for the help! Oh the big fish is at least 2x the size of everyone else.
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