Author Topic: Shellie tips  (Read 38957 times)

mouse6196

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Re:Shellie tips
« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2005, 01:11:36 PM »
Ocellatus don't behave like bulldozers...THEY ARE BULLDOZERS.

- feed good live or frozen foods.  Keep well fed as I find that if food is plentiful, they breed easier.

- If you have caves in your tank, your shell dwellers may becaome cave dwellers...you decide what you like.

-Remove the fry while still in the shell as it's easier to catch them.

- Always remove fry (if you want to keep them) as the older fry will attack the new younger fry in time.

- Older fry will harrass and pick at MTS snails eventually killing them and ridding your tank of them.  Just happened in 3 of my tanks with 4 month old Ocellatus fry.

YoderHimself

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Re:Shellie tips
« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2005, 11:25:06 PM »
Don't trust just anyone to feed your fish when you're on Fall Break.

YoderHimself

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Re:Shellie tips
« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2005, 11:25:43 PM »
Buy a 30 gallon breeder (36x18x12) and an AquaClear 110 for a great shellie setup.

puddlederf

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Re:Shellie tips
« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2005, 12:10:02 AM »
Don't add shells to the tank without first washing off the red tide that ruined a potentially great surf trip.

mkultra

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Re:Shellie tips
« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2006, 12:05:12 PM »
start with a minimum of 6 fish.

fishfood

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Re:Shellie tips
« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2006, 01:18:31 PM »
Make sure you don't overfeed. Some shellies don't eat a lot so it's easy for excess food to get stuck in the crevices between shells.

Make sure you have the appropiate amount of sand for a species. Some like a thick layer to bury their shells while others would rather have just plain shells.

saltura

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Re:Shellie tips
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2006, 02:42:55 PM »
start with a minimum of 6 fish.

Do you start with a minimum of six fish even though you have a 10 gallon tank?

Mattf

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Re:Shellie tips
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2006, 07:24:13 PM »
Usually, depends on the fish.. But with most species, yes. Then you take out the expelled fish.

saltura

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Re:Shellie tips
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2006, 08:27:59 PM »
so, what do you do with the expelled fish? buy another tank for them? sorry for the stupid questions  ???

bryce

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Re:Shellie tips
« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2006, 09:21:23 PM »
Expelled fish, especially shellies are a good excuse for another display tank IMO.

LittleMousling

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Re:Shellie tips
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2006, 03:40:33 AM »
Agreed, but usually the best recourse is to give or sell them back to the store.

mkultra

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Re: Shellie tips
« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2006, 09:27:19 AM »
It really depends if the fish is a harem or pair breedign fish.

April

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Re: Shellie tips
« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2006, 03:48:03 PM »
Multies prefer at least six shells per fish.  ;)  Seriously, I'm not kidding. Each of my adult females has 5-6 shells each in her little sub-territory, and she uses each one of them, as do her fry.

YoderHimself

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Re: Shellie tips
« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2006, 12:42:55 PM »
Live closer to a place that actually sells shellies.

Herkimer

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Re: Shellie tips
« Reply #29 on: June 13, 2006, 11:29:55 AM »
If you use fine grain sand, expect to have to rinse it forever and a day, or else it will end up in your filters.  I use larger grain sand and it cleans fast so there's nothing left to get sucked up into the filter.