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Welcome New Members / Re: New guy
« Last post by BersaSigG on Yesterday at 10:18:25 AM »
New Update!

The shells are doing great. I'm concerned for one bc he's just digging in the sand and not incorporating any escargot shells but I guess to each his own.. Lol.

But, since they are doing well, of course there's gotta be an issue somewhere else. During feedings the last day and a half to 2 days, I've only counted 4 out of my 5 leleupi. At each feeding I've used a flashlight to search in and around rocks and couldn't find it. I had assumed at this point that it had dug under a rock and it fell on it. However, my ammonia levels are fine so there couldn't be anything dead in there. I was really confused. Then, this morning, I spotted her. She had dug a hole and made a cave under a rock I hadn't expected. When she swam away, I saw a small pink orb on the sand in the hole. It turns out she had layed eggs and was now protecting them while they gestate! Now, I'm not getting myself too excited concidering I got these fish as juveniles so I'm presuming this is her first batch but it's still exciting as hell! The last picture you can see her male guarding the cave and the edge of one of her fins inside! Can wait to see some little guys swimming around. I just hope the Juli isn't too much of a jerk and kills the fry... If that ends up being the case, I might have to rehome him.. visitors can't see pics , please register or login
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Fry Talk / Re: Adventures in my new 55 gallon Multi colony
« Last post by Olive on November 17, 2017, 10:10:13 PM »
I figured it'd be a species tank.  Since Multies have been so hard to find locally, it would be nice to be able to have enough one day to sell on a regular basis to the couple of LFS near me. 

The 6 juvies we purchased have grown.  It looks like out of the 8 multies in there now there are 5 males & 3 females.  One female isn't really picky so there are 2 of the males that hang out with her.  I still have one male that is alone on the far right of the tank.  I feel kinda bad for him.
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General Shellie Discussion / Re: Multies juries with no stripes
« Last post by deeda on November 17, 2017, 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 November 17, 2017, 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 November 17, 2017, 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 November 17, 2017, 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 November 16, 2017, 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 November 16, 2017, 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 November 16, 2017, 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 November 16, 2017, 07:24:51 AM »
Looks like a multi. :)
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