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Photos & Videos / Re: 30 Gallon N. multifasciatus tank
« Last post by deeda on Today at 02:24:12 PM »
Great video Jerry!!  How are the fish doing today?
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Welcome New Members / Re: Newbee from Utah
« Last post by Olive on Yesterday at 05:20:30 PM »
I FOUND SIMILIS locally !!!!!! I went to Pets & Such today to look at possibly getting a couple more live plants & nerite snails.  I've been in there enough asking about shell dwellers one of the employees saw me & told me they got some "shellies" in.  He showed me gold ocelatus in one tank, brevis in another & SIMILIS in a third.  They had at least 6 juvies.  I bought 4.  When I got them home & released them the lone female didn't seem to like them much.  We'll see how they settle in.  I'm so excited to finally have more.  It'll be interesting to see if I'll have the success with the similis that I've had with the multies.
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Photos & Videos / Re: 30 Gallon N. multifasciatus tank
« Last post by jerrytheplater on Yesterday at 07:40:29 AM »
Rupert, when I bleach plants I use one part household unscented bleach to 19 parts water. Soak the plants 3-4 minutes depending on the toughness of the plant. Some will not bear it at all. Crypts and Anubias can take 4 minutes no problem. I rinse in running warm tap water. Then I dip them in a strong chlorine remover solution. I use Sodium Thiosulfate since I use it at work and buy it in 50 lb bags, I am able to use a few ounces every year or so. I guess I use about 2 tsp per gallon. I rinse that off after soaking for 4 minutes or so. Plants are ready for the tank then.

Last Saturday Feb 17, Ramlean gave me a mixture of the Multies he has in his tank. He periodically needs to thin out the tank to make more room for his fish. I drove down the 1.5 hours to his home in the morning and was back here by around 1 PM. I started by cleaning out my tank in the area under the oldest shell bed. All the gravel was suctioned out, rinsed, and replaced. Shells were then replaced and spread around the tank. I added in his fish to my four and watched the squabbles begin. The tank was really cloudy from the cleaning, but it settled down after about 4 hours.

Here is a link to a video documenting this transfer.
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General Shellie Discussion / Re: Multies juries with no stripes
« Last post by twinsfan on February 21, 2018, 08:55:20 AM »
I did not know that about Excel and Val. Thanks for the heads up. Luckily, I do not use Excel. I only use Aquarium Co-op's Easy Green and root tabs (mainly for the Amazon Swords).
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Spawning / Re: Multies Not Spawning
« Last post by jerrytheplater on February 20, 2018, 08:03:33 PM »
Wait and see if any of them get pushed up to the surface. Get them then. Especially so since they may end up dying from the stress.
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General Shellie Discussion / Re: Multies juries with no stripes
« Last post by jerrytheplater on February 20, 2018, 07:57:09 PM »
Thanks for putting up the photo's.

I don't know if you know this or not, but don't use Excel in your tank with the Vals. That is if you use Excel. The Vals don't tolerate it and will die. Plus Vals don't need it. They can extract their carbon from the Alkalinity (Bicarbonates) in your tank.
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Spawning / Re: Multies Not Spawning
« Last post by Pilch566 on February 20, 2018, 04:36:36 PM »
So I picked up another 6 from a different LFS and I think I got 3 males and 3 females in the batch. Although they were all pretty small (smaller than my first 6 were when I acquired them last year), 3 were even smaller than the others and the body shape was noticeably different. These were more of a bullet or torpedo shape than the other 3. I think the bullet shaped fish are the 3 females.

As to behavior, the original 6 chased the 3 that that I think are males and totally left the 3 bullet shaped ones alone.  Also, the bullet shaped fish hung much closer to the shell bed than the other 3.

I'm hoping to get a spawn soon but these ladies are really small and I don't think they will be mature for another couple of months. And then how do I catch the extra males?????
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General Shellie Discussion / Re: Where to buy multis
« Last post by kyleswildworld on February 20, 2018, 02:13:39 PM »
Try your local clubs. Many times members there have fish they sell.


i would try aquabid , or facebook. they are a common species kept by many aquarist. though they are not common to all fish stores.
If you still have no luck i carry them occasionally on my website. though im not here to promote myself. so i wont be listing it. on aquabid the wetspot is a very reliable source , if you buy from breeders just be sure to look at their seller history, most people have good ones but its worth checking before you bid.
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General Shellie Discussion / Re: Multies juries with no stripes
« Last post by twinsfan on February 20, 2018, 08:58:06 AM »
Photos of the multie tank. I moved them out of the previous tank and into a 20L with black National Geographic sand. I really like this stuff.

Their tank sits next to my planted tank. I thought I might as well show that one too.

Excuse the poor upkeep. I really need to clean the glass and replant all the floating jungle val.
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Spawning / Re: Multies Not Spawning
« Last post by miulloj on February 16, 2018, 08:29:19 PM »
 In my opinion and from what I have seen the best way to really tall if you have a female or male is simply by Behavior. Just look at them. The males will behave in an aggressive way to the other males. They will mock fight. But not really fight too hard.

Females will hardly ever if ever fight each other. They will also try to lure the males into the show. Size does matter and that can make a big difference but really behavior is even more reliable especially when they are all about the same size.
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