Other Zebra Shelldweller Names:
Zebra Shelldweller, Similar Shelldweller, Big-Eyed Multi
Zebra Shelldweller Scientific Name:
Neolamprologus similis, Lamprologus similis
Zebra Shelldweller Temperament:
Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Tanganyika
Zebra Shelldweller Adult Size: 2 inches (cm)
Zebra Shelldweller Life Expectancy: 10 years
Zebra Shelldweller Habitat: African Lake Tanganyika
Zebra Shelldweller Minimum Tank Size:
Territorial; Somewhat reclusive but primarily aggressive and territorial.
Zebra Shelldweller Diet & Nutrition:
Carnivorous - does well with frozen or freeze dried foods. Also may accept flake or pellet foods.
Zebra Shelldweller Description:
As with most of the smaller shellies, requirements are slight: sand, shells, and hard, basic, clean water. Somewhat more aggressive than the "similar" multis, they are better off in pairs for smaller tanks. Larger ones will allow for a colony to form, although it may never be as congenial as a multi colony. The species, although named for its similarity to N. multifasciatus, is impossible to mistake for the multi thanks to a few main differences. Similis appear to have light stripes on a dark body, where multis are the opposite; similis supposedly have larger eyes, hence the common name; and most useful of all, similis have additional stripes on the neck and head, where the multis' stripes cover only the body.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other African Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika
Zebra Shelldweller Breeding & Spawning:
This shelldweller is fairly easy to breed, but with close-to-wild stock, keep an eye on the hardness and pH; if adult fish aren't breeding, getting conditions a bit closer to those of the Lake is often all it takes. Fry will feed themselves on scraps but also appreciate live foods.
Determining Zebra Shelldweller Sex:
This fish is quite easy to sex at adulthood: males are larger and have a distinctive, if small, nuchal hump.
Zebra Shelldweller Diseases:
None specific to species.
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