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Hello,
I have a 55 Gallon ( 4 foot tank). I'm looking at these 3 types to get

1. Shellie- either Lamprologus ocellatus or Neolamprologus caudopunctatus
2. Cyps or Paracyprichromis nigripinnis. I never had these before , so I don't know which I would like more and I'm hoping to get some good color, there are so many to choose from.
3. Julie - yellow ornatus or other yellow type

Looking for numbers, suggestions , comments, or ideas.

Plan to have one side with rock , the other with shells and some free territory in the middle

thanks
 

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I would get a dozen cyps leptosoma and do not choose any jumbo types...including microlepidotus. That will limit your options a a good bit.

Choose a small, peaceful julidochromis. IDK which among the yellow types that would be. Buy six and anticipate that some will be driven from the tank and need rehoming. Often you will be left with a pair.

Caudopunctatus are not true shellies...they may prefer rocks and would need bigger shells than the ocellatus.

Ocellatus can form harems or pairs...buy six and see what happens.
 

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Ok Thank you, but why not the microlepidotus?
I have a price limit , and I probably won't get that many fish
Is 8 too few of the cyps?
or maybe 4 Julies and 4 Occellatus?

I'm looking for an online purchase to be under $250 + shipping of course
 

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The microlepidotus are more expensive and can be more rare...I have not found much on keeping them whereas there is lots information about success with the non jumbo cyps.

I would buy one one group at a time then...8, 4 and 4 could be risky.

You will need a rehoming plan and an extra tank set up for hospital, quarantine, and holding pending rehoming.
 
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