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Neolamprologus multifasciatus (Multi, Shell-Dweller)

A small, pinkish-brown cichlid with blue eyes and numerous thin brown vertical stripes on its flanks. Sexing them is hard. Males are bigger than females, and "pairs" may be seen hovering over the same shell (these fish are harem spawners so such pairs are short-lived). Considered to be one of the smallest cichlids in the world.

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Fish Sex: Cant be sexed, Size: 2-2.5cm, Price: £10.95 View shop
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Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A superb choice for small hard water aquaria. Needs a tank with a sandy substrate (ideally a mix of smooth silica sand and coral sand) with some large snails (such as escargot snails) pushed into it. To some degree the fish will arrange the shells and sand as they see fit, but initially the shells should be aperture upwards so the fish can swim in easily. Although best kept alone, small midwater fish such as Endler guppies may be used as dither fish.

While these fish are very small, the males are territorial. Allow 45 litres for a colony of one male and 3-4 females, and a larger aquarium if more than one male is to be kept.

Breeding is easy. Spawning takes place inside the shells and the female does most of the broodcare. Once the fry are free-swimming they will take brine shrimp nauplii and finely powdered flake food.

Family Group: African Cichlids
Distribution Lake Tanganyika, Africa
Temperature 24-28 C
Size Males 4-5 cm; females 3-4 cm
Water Parameters Hard, alkaline water essential
Water PH 7.5-8.5
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Easy
Water Chemistry More than pH 7 - Alkaline
Schooling Fish No
Sociability Peaceful

Shop stock

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Amwell Aquatics - Epping Epping CM16 6LX View shop
Maidenhead Aquatics @ Lincoln Lincoln LN6 9BY View shop
Wildwoods Middlesex EN2 9BP View shop

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