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20g long Neolamprologus multifasciatus Journal 9/2011

Discussion in 'African Rift Lake Cichlids' started by iheartbettas, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. iheartbettas

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    It's a 20g Long with 8 multi's. Coralife normal output t-5 lighting. Going to either leave the lighting off during the day or add some marimo balls. Not sure yet.

    One aqueon filter and one 100W theo heater. I got the fish from a local breeder.

    Behavior: There are two larger multis. I believe these to be male. One of which sort of dominates the tank. The other is kind of staying in the corner. The one in the corner is kind of shunned from the colony, but i see other fish sort of come visit him, even the other larger multi. They're not really aggressive to each other, but it just looks awkward when they meet.

    The other multis usually hang around a shell, and swim casually. When the dominant multi swims near, these other multis kind of pick on him a little bit. Sometimes this gets his attention, and sometimes it doesn't. Not sure if these are females or what. They could be males for all I know.

    No significant digging noted but I have seen the multis take the sand in their mouths and move it around.

    I will update this journal when anything "significant" happens. Comments and feedback are appreciated. Thanks!

    Here is the full tank shot.
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    IMG_2291 by epiclaydown, on Flickr

    random multi
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    in hiding (you can see the larger multi in the background)
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    hanging out i guess
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    Nice tank. If you have a male that has been "ousted" from the colony, I'd suggest arranging the rocks in the left hand corner in a semi circle, forming another area. Put a few shells in there, you might have a female come join him. If that doesn't work, you should consider rehoming him. Just a thought.
     
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    Very cool! I hope to get some of these soon!! Great pics!
     
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    jpappy789 Plants need meat too

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    Looks like they've settled in nicely!
     
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    Pittbull ALL BOW DOWN TO THE FIN GODS

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    Thanks for the kind words:

    Just a quick update: Originally, one of the larger of the two males appeared to be ousted from the colony. I was surprised because the larger one was ousted.

    More recently, it appears as though the roles have been reversed and the larger multi is in the colony, and the smaller of the two is ousted. I do see a few nips on his fins, and the two males clash occasionally, but nothing too major. It is fascinating to watch, although I really want more to see babies out of one of the females (if they are females). The other smaller multies just hang out above shells and interact a little with each other and the dominant male. They are all eating flake food and have dug up the substrate recreating the landscape. They're an interesting species to watch to say the least.
     
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    Beautiful brightly colored shells! What kind of shells are those?
     
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    Fozzybear wocka wocka wocka!

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    jpappy789 Plants need meat too

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    Agreed, I love the look of escargot shells myself and the multis seemed to like them as well.
     
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    What kind of sand are you using?
     
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    it's Caribsea Tahitian moon. The one that you don't have to rinse.
     
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    I have used that sand and is a good sand i like the black and white mixture
     
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    3 min video of my 20L multi tank.

    [video=youtube;RleeOGIYcUE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RleeOGIYcUE[/video]
     
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    livebearerfreak you are hypnotized! LOL

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    HEY! its only 2:59 seconds LOL but nice!
     
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    i saw a nerite snail :)i think
     
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    yep, I have a few in there. a red lips nerite and a batiki....All those shells were covered in algae. (were lol)
     
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    just a quick update: The 2nd larger male that I thought was restricted to the "stoney" part of the tank has now acquired a small portion of the main "shell" are from the other larger male which borders the "stoney" part. That small area that he has control over now happens to have a female on it. It's pretty cool to watch.
     
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    Very cool.
     
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    seriously, it's like Cichlid Risk or something. I was watching a little more and now he's threatening another part of the territory with another female. The 1st male better step it up if he doesn't want to end up losing another part of the map lol I might take out those stones since they don't really serve any purpose anymore. I thoguht they would.
     

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