Shell dweller shells

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  1. Pieter Bruwer

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    Hi. I'm setting up a new tank for Multi shell dwellers. Does anyone know where I can find escargot shells around Cape Town?

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    Where did you find the multies?
     
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    @WernerP is sorting me out. But it is quite complicated to get them down to the Western Cape! Hopefully they will arrive healthy.

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    Nice. Still contemplating which I want
     
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    I got mine on fleabay.
    But perhaps a restaurant in the area that has them on the menu may be able to help
     
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    That is a long hard struggle, I managed to get my first lot of shells from yuppie chef. But that was the last of it. the problem is that they do not import well so wholesalers are not keen on importing them. I did manage to get some original shells that the multis use to breed in from Lake Tanganyika
     
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    How big are the actual shells from lake Tanganjika?

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    smaller than escargot shells
     
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    What is the diameter?

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    The two shells side by side, the escargot is the one on the bottom
     
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    Thanks. Seems like I'll have to raise my own snails for this exercise.

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    Try melkbos strand. There's lots of shells you can use for shell dweller cichlids
     
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    Great idea

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    Prof also has Multies for sale if anyone in Cape Town is looking for them

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    How many shells do you need?
     
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    At least 1 per adult, but two or even 3 is a better idea. Will give them a chance to choose the one they happy with, escape any aggression from others in the group, and provide shelter for fry.
     
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    Sorry if im being blonde here... do these little guys actually go in the shells or just lay their eggs in them
     
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    Omg ... I cannot believe you've not had the opportunity to fall in love with them.. that she'll is practically their home. Nursery and their everything @MariaS
     
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    I have been falling in love with them on the forum but have never had the opportunaty to watch them in someone's tank in person
    That sounds just too cute
     
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    The answer is both.
    The miniature shell dwelling Lamprologus live in the shells permanently.
    But there are a few obscure species that visit the shell beds just to breed
     
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