Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by JvH, Aug 25, 2016.
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I thought of breaking line of sight, as it has helped with my Apistos that I currently have in a planted tank. So your collective confirmation is great to have. I'm torn between another planted tank with Apistos, vs this idea, but after this thread, and watching videos on YouTube, I think the Apistos will wait another year or so. My first priority is to set up and cycle the tank properly, before adding livestock. And I know that I'm out for two weeks over Christmas break. So I'll take it slow and steady, and then add the first fish in January. I promise to post pics, too.
Thanks again for the detailed help, and the pics of your setup. Much admired and appreciated.
Thanks @dorff ! Here's a few shots of some of the territorial tactics in this tank
Pretty normal behavior, my males seem to siZe each other up by all rising together off the shell bed while flaring and putting on a show for the ladies. My colony is about 2 years old, with many fry! These Multies have got small man syndrome, they will send most fish packing including my Calvus, enjoy them man
Well described @scotty_88, the last shot was one of those rising displays. Do the Calvus make suitable tank mates? I've had my eye on them for a long time but was concerned about losing fry if I added them.
Once your Multies are breeding at full pace you gonna want some sort of population control. Trust me. Saying that I have never seen fry go missing from my tank, my Calvus are fed well it seems. Yes suitable tank mates for sure, the Calvus hang out in the rocks mostly or close to their caves. When mine enter the shell beds the multis escort the Calvus off their turf. Pretty peaceful tank actually, Calvus can hold their own-the full of armor as In the wild they predate on fry-this is their speciality.
Sounds amazing! What size tank are you running? All of a sudden I'm dreaming of a large tank for Calvus and maybe two shellie species or so
It's a 200l tank, it houses 4 calvus among other species. Calvus grow very very slow but worth the wait.get hold of jack stone, he will sort you out with some quality specimens, also look at sumbu shell dweller. I have a trio and they pretty cool too. I like to think of them as mini Calvus.
Mini sumbus on the bucket list for sure, for the inevitable monster tank I'll have one day Not sure if the Calvus would be a wise addition in this limited space I have right now, would be interested to hear your opinion on that.. And adding more rock to this doesnt really seem like a viable option, the multies dominate every cm at this point.
Looks so inviting..
A pic of some fry, play sand grains for scale
@JvH... It looks stunning.. so different from what we see every day..
Haha, I hear you @MariaS! Sand, rocks and shells is a bit out of the ordinary, but I really enjoy this tank.
It shows you what can be achieved without plants.. I love it!
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