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i am setting up a shell dweller tank and was wondering if anyone knows what the best lfs would be to pick up some shells and shell dwellers,

i was in pet city on the weekend and they had a few shell dwellers in there but didnt see any shells for them altho i didnt ask as they where really busy at the time and i have just put the water in the tank and it needs to cycle first so i wasn't in a big hurry.

also any info or advise on keeping them would be appreciated as well, i am not sure what species i am going to get yet or if i can even mix species?

thanks in advance

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Shellies are great fun, good choice! What size tank are they going in? Sounds like your going to have about a hundred thousand shellies soon Brock with all that space for them! :)

I'll have to check out the hermit section at petcity next time i'm in, thanks for the tip Alibi! :idea:

Also thought i'd through in my 2cents: http://www.qldaf.com/forums/live-stock-14/fs-l-ornatapinnis-fry-52538/ :)

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`I mostly use Apple Snail shells . but I have many other types - whatever I can scrounge . I also include some small clay flower pots with my breeders .

Brevis in particular like the apple snail shells an actually move them around the tank to suit themselves .

I tried PVC elbows but the fish did not like them with the exception of the multies which will breed anywhere they can find .

or you could try a restaurant supplies for some escargo shells ( about $75 for a not very big box last time I checked a couple of years ago ) and 2 dollar shops have shells occasionally also I have read on here about some Bunnings stores having them but have no personal experience of this .

I would like to check out Pet City but due to injuries I am recovering from I seldom drive more than a few kays if at all so Mt Gravatt is just too far .

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yep as was posted above, we got ours from bunnings, you buy a bag for $5.00 and you should get several from a bag, plus lots of smaller ones for fry to hide in, just pick the right bags as some don't have many good shells,

another option is to search ebay,

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When I go to rocky in october I will be shell shopping up there as well... If I come across something special I will do a bulk buy and help out the rest of us shellie owners. Ive bought some from bunnings but I need some bigger ones than what is in those bags. I reckon I might go to annerley aquarium and see what they have there in shells and fish. will keep you guys posted on what they have.

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hey everyone thanks for all the suggestions got some great tips there, hopefully i can find some good shells.

The tank they are going into is a 2 foot by 18 by 18 inches about 110 litres i didnt have much room for the tank is why i went for this size the substrate is crushed coral crushed really fine so its like sand i went with this cause i read they need a ph of about 8.6 or there abouts and they like to sift through the sand.

Also how many shell dwellers do you think i could get into this size tank?

and is there any other small tang that likes the open water as the tank is quite tall and i am assuming that the shellies wont stray to far from the bottom and the safety of there shells so there will be all that open water up top

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was looking through some shell dwellers and i came across these Altolamprologus sp. "Compressiceps i really like them will they be ok for my tank? are they available in brisbane? they are on cichlidsdirect.com.au has anyone used this site?

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Alto Comps aren't true shell dwellers but they will use big shells and barnacle clusters to breed in

They will suit 3ft tanks but you should start with a few, let them pair off and remove the rest before they get killed

There are a few around, Gold, Gold head, Firefin, Mbita etc.

usually around the $20-$25ea mark

Also there are Alto Calvus black and white

However there is a true shell dwelling Alto Comp called Alto Comp Dwarf Sumbu, I have a trio but they aren't breeding at the moment

There are some at Smiths Aquarium for $80ea though

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shon how much where your sumbu comps? if you dont mind me asking..

im just thinking that as i have never kept tangs before i might look at getting something a bit cheaper as i would hate to kill 100s of dollars worth of fish if i do something wrong

i seem to be going allright with my malawis tho

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