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So, I'm getting a 20 long tomorrow. In it I plan to house 2 pairs of brevis, and an L-254.

I've been doing quite a bit of research, and settled upon the idea that they need larger shells because they share them. So, I went to my local craft store today and bought 4 shells. The openings are about 1.5 inches across, and the shells themselves are about 3 inches across. They look alot like whale eye shells. I will buy more of these once they get more in (I bought all of the ones that looked suitable) until each pair has roughly 3-4 large shells, and multiple smaller ones.

I am hopeing to aquascape this so that each pair has a side of the tank. I will be adding some rocks, and hope to try to create a wall in the middleish area, or a pile on one corner of the tank, sloping along the back to get to the middle. Corckscrew vals(live) as well are going into the tank.

I bought the L-254 today, and is coming with the tank tomorrow. They grow a max of about 4 inches.

Sound good? Anything you would change?
 

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well, that seems fine BUT
my neighbour has a pair of brevis and he said some of his fry are compact since the male drives in the female into her shell. and when he feels threatened, he goes in the shell as well.
there isint enough room for him as well as his female and thats how some eggs are being squished and being compact(stubby face/body)
 

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What size tank are they in? perhaps the tank is too small so there isn't enough territory for them? Or possibly he just has an overagressive male?

Compact fish would be a genetic disorder I believe. I don't see how squished fry or eggs can lead to compact fry unless they are having a continual amount of force against them at all times. Just an occaisional here and there wouldn't do that to fry IMO.
 

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I've seen mbuna who were "compact", it was a result of multiple generations inbreeding in a tank at the office I worked.
 

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^^

my point...

It is inpossible to get a compact fish just from putting pressure on it. It has to be genetic, which would result from inbreeding.
 
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