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Hey all, just wanted to share my shellies set up.

its a 48"x10"x10", about 20gallon.
i have 8 multis in there.
I'm thinking of some friendly tankmates to add. any suggestion ?

anyways, heres some pics




 

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What a great tank! Did you build it?

First that comes to mind are paracyps... I haven't kept them in a tank that low though. The length is great. You could also look at a small julidochromis, or some non-cichlid dithers.
 

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its a custom tank sold by a lfs here.

you think paracyps will be okay in a 20gal ?
I dont want julies or other rock dwellers since they'll fight for territory with the multies.
 

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I was thinking of doing something like this myself. It does look amazing! :thumb:

Maybe you could include a couple Altolamprolgus "Sumbu" mine seem to get along with my other shellies not too bad.
 

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I'd look into some type of rasbora, tetra, or danio for the tank. The length is good for paracyps, but I'm not so sure about the depth or width. Great tank for shellies, though.;) Very cool.
 

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That is a sweet multi tank!!! Ultra cool!

:thumb:

:dancing:
 

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Paracyps like to hug the rocks, but do need a long tank to minimize aggression. With four feet of running space and plenty of rocks for territory, I think it would work. I suggest trying to get tank-raised fish, as wild caught may not adapt as well. I'd add some cave structures for the paracyps too.

Julidochromis transcriptus is pretty mild, and will stick to a rocky part of the tank. Multies can fend off the julies easily, and there's plenty of floor space for both.

but... I'd really want to get paracyps for this tank! :oops: :wink:
 

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the ultimate shellie tank.. a 4foot 20G tank.
julies wont be a problem, just put them to one side and they will mind they should leave the multies alone. i think it might be a bit low for paracyps seeing how much they move around.
 

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Thanks for the compliments guys.

It cost me about twice as much as a regular 20 gallon. which is still a good price considering I've been wanting to do this for a long time.

As for ditter fish, I might end up with non tanganyikans. but we'll see.
 

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Update!!!

I decided to go ahead with non tang ditters.
so I got 20 harlequin rasbora over the weekend. and some anubius nana.
the harleys seems to be doing great, we'll see if the nana grows.




 

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I know its been said before but that is an awesome tank!! :thumb: :thumb:

Looks even better now with the anubius and a background...

Well done :fish:
 

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Those rasbora will keep the multis a-hoppin' :lol:
I'll bet it's so much fun to watch them sail and school from one end to the other.
I always appreciate plants in a tank.
Nice setup.
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actually the multies hardly even care about the schooling harleys.
Yes ! the plant really make the tank POPs more. its something with the green and shells reddish brown. they just make a nice contrast.

i'm already planning for more plants. :dancing:
 
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