A shellie tank rescape

Recently established 33g long tank. Photo by author.

If you recall my post a few days ago on the excitement of cichlid spawning behavior, it included the above photo of my recently set up 33g long tank. In that tank are six ‘Lamprologus’ ocellatus and three Julidochromis dickfeldi. 

As I mentioned in that previous post, the dickfeldi had moved the ocellatus to one end of the tank (the right end). I had to rectify that because keeping five ocellatus bunched up in 1/3 of a 33g will likely have a bad outcome. The solution was to move the rock/plant island that I originally created in the center of the tank to one end. So I did.

As you can see from the photo below, I moved the whole island to the left end of the tank. This accomplishes at least two things. One, it gives the occies much more space away from the julies. Second, it gives the julies a much more defendable location to spawn and raise fry. 


33g long tank containing occies and julies. Photo by author.

If you want information about the tank set-up, see below:

  • Sand – Mystic White pool sand (I buy it locally from a pool supply business. It is not expensive.)
  • Heater – 200 watt Fluval E series digital
  • Filter – Sicce Whale 500 external canister filter – white (the intake is prefiltered with a cylindrical sponge)
  • Plants – three species of Anubias and three plastic. 
  • Rocks – River rock and Texas holey rock
  • Shells – Large escargot shells (I intend to replace some of these or simply add a couple of man-made structures for spawning – capped PVC elbows and a DIY clay pot type cave)

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