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General Shellie Discussion / Re: Multies juries with no stripes
« Last post by deeda on Today at 11:41:44 AM »
I also would have guessed at them being 'Lamprologus' caudopunctatus based on the yellow stripe on the dorsal fin!

Thanks for the detailed explanation Rupert!  I do have multies but they are on a bottom tank on a rack so I've never seen that stripe on juvenile fish.  I guess I need to spend more time crawling on the floor to view them.  ;D
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Fry Talk / Re: Adventures in my new 55 gallon Multi colony
« Last post by Rupert on Today at 01:17:08 AM »
Growing, growing, growing. :) Watching a multi colony take shape is just plain fun fish keeping.

Where are you at as far as your goals for the tank at this point? I've been known to change my goals for a tank between breakfast and supper. :) Just curious where you want it to go at the moment. 
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Setting Up for Shell Dwellers / Re: Planning my 55 gal
« Last post by Rupert on Today at 12:48:41 AM »
It's unlikely there's a person among us who can't empathize with that feeling, lol. :) But that doesn't make it any less an emotional gauntlet. Hope you keep us posted. While we're all waiting...fuss with the placement of your rocks, question whether you like your lighting, and agonize over whether you chose the right media for your filter. Plenty to keep you busy. :) Seriously though, lookin forward to the update. Are we there yet?   
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General Shellie Discussion / Re: Multies juries with no stripes
« Last post by Rupert on Today at 12:16:52 AM »
I'm sure you've noticed in your pic that the fish has a yellow stripe along the top of the dorsal. This is common among young juvenile N. multifasciatus. There are other posts on the forum noting this stripe, but it's kind of surprising it doesn't come up more often. It's a shame it doesn't persist. You'll catch a faint yellow cast on adults in the right light at the right angle, but nothing with the intensity of the stripe that shows in juveniles. Even with juveniles some have it more than others, lighting plays a part, and seems a bit more pronounced in pics than when your nose is against the tank. :) It might be misleading to some folks especially since it doesn't last, but it's actually one of the things that made me immediately recognize your fish as a multi. You'll also notice the metallic light blue swath around the eye. Again, this is telltale multi. I don't think your fish was mislabeled. But time will shortly tell for sure. Feed them well, do your water changes, and my money is solidly on you posting a pic of stripes sooner than you know it. :) 
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Setting Up for Shell Dwellers / Re: Planning my 55 gal
« Last post by Queequeg on Yesterday at 05:11:46 PM »
Yup super excited! I ordered them today and he is willing to hold them for me until my tank has cycled. Oh sweet patience.
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General Shellie Discussion / Re: Multies juries with no stripes
« Last post by twinsfan on Yesterday at 03:10:39 PM »
Thanks Rupert! I was scrolling through my Facebook and reading through some of the fish keeping groups I am a part of. Someone posted their multies and they looked just like mine. A commenter said they were neolamprologus caudopunctatus and not multies. Needless to say, I was concerned. I thought I'd check in here with people who were well versed in shellies.
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Setting Up for Shell Dwellers / Re: Planning my 55 gal
« Last post by Rupert on Yesterday at 07:33:52 AM »
Glad to hear you found your fish. Let the games begin. :)
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General Shellie Discussion / Re: Multies juries with no stripes
« Last post by Rupert on Yesterday at 07:24:51 AM »
Looks like a multi. :)
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Setting Up for Shell Dwellers / Re: Planning my 55 gal
« Last post by jerrytheplater on November 15, 2017, 10:36:57 PM »
28 is more than enough.
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Setting Up for Shell Dwellers / Re: Planning my 55 gal
« Last post by Queequeg on November 15, 2017, 07:16:28 PM »
Well the shells came in and I redid the left side of the tank, and after the tank has finished cycling I will be getting the fish I wanted. Soooo excited to get this bad boy occupied! Oh there are 28 shell in there at the moment, would that be sufficient for 5 multi's.
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