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Equipment, Nutrition and Decor / Re: Getting multis out of a shell
« Last post by deeda on Today at 02:38:19 PM »
This is an excellent method and one I've also used.  I've suggested this method on other forums but don't remember where I saw it originally.   The pic is a good example of how to set it up.

You can also add some PVC pipes or elbows to the bottom of the tank so the fish can still hide and feel secure but be able to remove them more easily than from their shells.
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Fry Talk / Re: Adventures in my new 55 gallon Multi colony
« Last post by jerrytheplater on Today at 09:23:06 AM »
Nice Olive. I found taking video's helps if you don't have a good still camera and good lighting.
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Fry Talk / Re: Adventures in my new 55 gallon Multi colony
« Last post by Olive on Yesterday at 11:53:29 PM »
This picture is of the same oldest fry but zoomed in a bit more than the previous post.  I used my phone's camera to take these.  I know they aren't the best.  The delay from touching the button to when the picture is actually taken gave the fish time to move from where they were when I took the picture.
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Fry Talk / Re: Adventures in my new 55 gallon Multi colony
« Last post by Olive on Yesterday at 11:48:07 PM »
The next picture is on the far left side of the tank.  The largest Multi is from the 46 gallon.  The next two down are a male & female from the online order.  The smallest one right in front of the lava rock with an Anubias growing out of it is the oldest & largest of the fry.
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Fry Talk / Re: Adventures in my new 55 gallon Multi colony
« Last post by Olive on Yesterday at 11:43:15 PM »
I was finally able to get some pictures. Because of their size I'll only be able to post them one at a time.  On the right side of this picture are the 2 large Tonna shells.  I was only able to get one of the half dozen babies in this picture.  It's in front of the closest whale eye shell to the larger Multi.
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General Fish Section / Re: Spring Auction Fun
« Last post by jerrytheplater on Yesterday at 09:27:30 PM »
Good news.
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General Fish Section / Re: Spring Auction Fun
« Last post by Rupert on Yesterday at 08:13:43 PM »
Will try to get a pic....

Spotted my first J. transcriptus fry moments ago. 7-8mm without exaggeration. So I guess it has been in there and hiding for awhile. Very exciting. :D 
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I have a 20 gallon with 4 adult multis and probably 30 fry of various ages, also 4 julidochromis transcriptus. I run an eheim canister and a sponge filter, and do 25% changes every 2-4 weeks with cold tap and never experienced any issues. Multis are very hardy in my opinion, especially the tank bred specimens that are typically kept.
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Equipment, Nutrition and Decor / Re: Getting multis out of a shell
« Last post by Rupert on Yesterday at 07:13:48 PM »
I don't pull fish from the colony until it's time to make the sale. So they are only in the tank a few days at most. Usually considerably less than that. I pull way back on feeding or hold off altogether the day before sale. It's hard for even the nicest looking fish to really shine in a bag full of fish poop. :) It also helps keep water quality from deteriorating as fast. Some people keep fry tanks. But since multis have such an easy colony structure--and I have no predators in the tank--I've never been in any kind of rush to pull fry or juveniles to a holding tank long term.

I am not shipping at this point in time. Sorry. I can't even keep up with local demand.

Edit: Also, just to clarify...putting the shells on egg crate is not my original idea. I have no idea who first came up with it. You'll find it around the net suggested in several different ways--though many are way more fiddly, less stable and no more effective than the platform I made in all of a minute.       
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Equipment, Nutrition and Decor / Re: Getting multis out of a shell
« Last post by Queequeg on Yesterday at 05:12:08 PM »
Hey Rupert, that's a great idea! How long are the little ones in that tank and do you feed them before you decide to sell them off? On another note do you think I could contact you here when my tank is cycled maybe in 6 to 8 wks to purchase from you? It seems so hard to find multies sometimes and would rather buy from someone on the forum. Still waiting for some equipment then will start my cycle, oh sweet patience.
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