Lamprologus callipterus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Tanganyika
Length : 6 cm (f)- (2.5") 15 cm (m)- (6")
Min. length aquarium : 140 cm - 55"
This fish is rather aggressive to species of their own kind.  You should keep one male together with several females.  The females live in snail shells and the males defends the territory around the shells.  The aquarium should be set up with a lot of rocks and stones that form caves and crevices.  You can use some plants for decoration as well.

You should give them live food such as Artemia, Mysis and mosquito larvae. 

Breeding is not difficult.  The eggs are laid and fertilized in a snail shell.  During incubation the female stays in the shell and the male defends the territory.  When they are swimming free the young fishes don't return to the shell anymore.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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