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the other male multi(i think) has decided to break from the group and inhabit the rocks and dig at the other side of the tank i do have couple larger shells for my altos on that end might pull them out till he goes back over. is it normal for them to break off?
 

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Similar situation here. I have 6 Multies in a 75g with 7 juvie Comps. Large shell bed on the far right side of the tank, smaller shell bed on the far left and extensive wall of rocks in between.
I added these Multies to the tank about 3 weeks ago. First day or two, they all hovered around the large shell bed. Then they split off one by one to the point where now they have re-established themselves into 4 distinct and separate territories all over the tank. Only one fish remains full time at the large shell bed, another has taken the smaller shell bed, another has excavated a cave under a rock (single fish), a pair has dug itself a cave under another rock, and the last one is content to make the rounds to each of the 4 territories with none he can call his own. Each territory is defended against any Comps who think they can get too close - really funny to see a Multie body slam a Comp that's 3 times his size. The Comps don't care and never strike back. In fact, I think those Multies have really gained their respect. Really cool how this tank evolved in a short time with this mixture of fish. Not what I was expecting though. I thought the Multies would stay as a group in the large shell bed. But hey, it turns out to be much more interesting this way, IMO :thumb: I too am curious what others will say about this "breaking off" issue. Is it normal?
 

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mm mines little different story Been in there for about 2months first 3 weeks had it to themselves claimed the whole tank for the most part. Got my 6 juvie Calvus redid the rock work(several times haha) and they have stuck to the rocks while for most part the multis stuck to there shells with the random tank rounds always back to the shells. Now that they started breeding(two weeks ago) a male and female have broke up one to a rock about 8 inches from the shell bed i removed it and she went back put it back and few more rocks she has stayed with the shells. Now the second male is still out and about more then in the shell bed and has started moving sand around where he pleases and even chasing a calvus or two away from a smaller cave. haha Now he seem happy with a shell on the far left corner and started clearing from it, he also swims in the middle to upper water column more now since the shell bed is pretty much on bare glass. He almost always ventures back to the shell bed tho when its night time like he is trying to live a separate life but misses home :fish:
 

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he mmight not have broken off but forced out. if there is a dominant male and he is trying to spawn he will be more aggressive but after the deed is done the other make could possibly rejoin the group. the 'loner' mle could be swimming around trying to grab the attention of any other females and show off his 'space', trying to get some of them to break from the group so he can start his own colony.
 

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cracks said:
he mmight not have broken off but forced out. if there is a dominant male and he is trying to spawn he will be more aggressive but after the deed is done the other make could possibly rejoin the group. the 'loner' mle could be swimming around trying to grab the attention of any other females and show off his 'space', trying to get some of them to break from the group so he can start his own colony.
I agree
 

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What you guys are seeing is normal. I have seen both times I have kept multi's. They are really something else in large tanks, its interesting to see who goes where. I have 14 in my 125g (besides fry) and only 9 of them live in the shell pile.

The shell pile is really interesting, two males run the whole pile and the rest are females.
 

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as of now think i had 2male 3female+fry from two broods looks like 2-3 bigger 4-6 grain sized now making two shells beds :lol: so other male better move back in or make camp with one shell i guess
 

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was watching them today and the second male tried to stay in the shell bed but the larger male did tolerate him long few minutes then they chased eachother around some and he left so looks ot be he got evicted haha
 

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Frazee86 said:
as of now think i had 2male 3female+fry from two broods looks like 2-3 bigger 4-6 grain sized now making two shells beds :lol: so other male better move back in or make camp with one shell i guess
Get more shells. Multis can use up alot more shells than you think. I at one time had shells on top of shells for my multis. When the fry is a little bigger, like almost 1/4 in, they will no longer want to stay around a shell.
 
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