Common Name(s)
Zebra Shell-Dweller, Similar Shell-Dweller, Big Eye Multifasciatus
Scientific Name
Neolamprologus similis
Family
Cichlidae, Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Origin
Lake Tanganyika, Africa
Temperament
Aggressive
Maximum Size
2 inches
Minimum Tank Size
10 US Gallons
Tank Setup
Add sand and plenty of snail shells. They prefer a shallower substrate since they aren't great diggers.
Tank Region
Bottom.
Diet
They are easy to feed and will accept frozen/live foods such as brine shrimp and dried foods such as pellets.
Breeding
They are shell brooders. The eggs hatch after around 24 hours and become free swimming in around 6-7 days.
Compatibility
They are territorial and will defend their shells. If you are keeping a colony, have plenty of shells and try to keep more females than males to prevent fighting.
Ease of Keeping
Moderate
Care
pH: 7.5-9.0, Temperature: 75-81 degrees Fahrenheit
They can live for 5-8 years.
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