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LittleMousling
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PostPosted: 2005.02.06(Sun)14:49    Post subject: Pearls in the Rough Reply with quote

OK, I know that's not the actual phrase. Wink These guys are Lamprologus meleagris (stappersi), the "Pearly ocellatus."

The pair:


The female, colored up:


The male, digging (amusingly he went to some pains to cover the smallest shell in the tank and managed to entice the female to move into it ... at which point she completely undid all of his work and then recreated almost the same sand pile herself):

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PostPosted: 2005.02.06(Sun)17:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, Their is a lot of people in the GCCA (Greater Chicago Cichlid Association)
that are into Shell dwellers.
I have had them in the past but never breed them.
Have you breed them before?
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PostPosted: 2005.02.06(Sun)20:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few species of shelldwellers, yes (I'm keeping seven different species at the moment, spread over eight tanks). And the female meleagris has wrigglers just now, about 10" from my keyboard as I'm typing. Yayfor desk fish (although the 20 long takes up a large part of the desk - it's worth it.
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PostPosted: 2005.02.06(Sun)23:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL,I got a 30 on my dresser my friend has a 55 in his bathroom,kitchen and his headboard on his bed is a 125 which looks cool.I don't think my wife would go for that.
When I had shell dwellers they where easy to catch because they always hid in their shell, I only ever had one type and sold them that was over a year ago.
I am into tropheus now, not to many people around here have tropheus.
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PostPosted: 2005.02.07(Mon)9:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

How hard is it to keep shell dwellers? Three of my tanks are empty right now b/c of a few outbreaks of nasty virus crap. Would I be able to keep two or three in a 20 long?? I think they're really cute... They're Africans, right???

Byez! Very Happy

P.S. I like the action shot of the male digging. Nice pics!!
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PostPosted: 2005.02.07(Mon)11:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not hard at all! They're Africans, yup, from Lake Tanganyika. Given fine sand, shells, hard, clean water, and some thought, they're wonderfully simple to keep. And nearly every shellie species would do brilliantly in a 20 long, so you have plenty of choices.
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PostPosted: 2005.02.07(Mon)12:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

and don't feel limited to 2 or 3.... with brevis or occelatus or pretty much any of them you could keep 10-20 in that tank.. They are peaceful to each other.
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PostPosted: 2005.02.08(Tue)10:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

10-20? Blanch! Both occies and brevis are quite territorial - while two or three pairs of brevis might be able to cohabit in a well-designed 20 with visual barriers, because they maintain fairly small territories, I'd put only a single harem of ocellatus in a 20 long.
Perhaps you were thinking of N. multifasciatus? Because of its colonial behavior, large groups can be kept together - but adding in ten or twenty unrelated fish would lead to civil war, even with them. The best bet with any shellie would be to buy six or eight and return excluded individuals, then let the remainder spawn until the tank is about at capacity.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.24(Sun)13:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

The stappersi's fry are getting lovely, thought I'd revive this thread to show 'em off:

Group of fry at slightly over a month old:


Dad with fry:


Mom with fry when they were younger (before she kicked them out of her territory Wink):

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