Are You Looking For Tiny Fish? Lamprologus Multifasciatus

Lamprologus multifasciatus (49218 bytes)

Lamprologus multifasciatus pair pictured. The male is the larger of the two fish in the top photo.

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  • Locations collected from: Zambia
  • Approximate Size: Males no bigger than 2 inches with females no bigger than 1.5 inches.
  • Food: Will eat flake food, and brine shrimp. Mine did not care for daphnia or mosquito larvae and I did not try pellet food with them.
  • Water Conditions: Needs a pH between 8.2 and 9+ and temperatures between 74 and 78 degrees.
  • Breeding Behavior: Egglayer.  Pairs off and prefers to spawn in shells, but will spawn in caves. Can be kept in a colony as long as enough shells or rocks are provided.  Likes a sandy substrate so they can pile the sand up around their shells. The fry can remain with the adults as long as the tank has enough hiding spots.
  • Tankmates: Should do well with other shelldwellers, cyprichromis, and paracyprichromis.  I have tried mine with any other fish.  Due to the close resemblance to Lamprologus similis, I would not house these two species together for breeding purposes.  Lamprologus multifasciatus and Lamprologus similis can be told apart by looking at the markings on their head.   Lamprologus multifasciatus does not have bars on its head and Lamprologus similis has 2 bars on its head.

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