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Hey guys,
I'm new to this hobby and bought 2 simili cichlids. I have them in a 20gal tank with an assortment of shells, snail and murex. But they are not using any of them. They are just hiding in the Java plant and under a statue. Do I have the wrong shells? Is this normal behavior?
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I have 4 shells and sand substrate. I did just put them in a little over a day ago. Do they just need time to figure out where they want to live?
 

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They may not use the shells until they spawn. You may want to get more similis and more shells...unless they are already a mated pair (have produced fry together in the past) it might be better to start with six individuals so they can choose their own mates and form a colony.
 

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The man I bought them from said they were a mated pair. They we're sharing the same shell in his tank. They also don't stray far from eachother in my tank. I was thinking about getting 2 more.
 
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