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Tanganyika

Cichlids
Altolamprologus calvus
Altolamprologus compressiceps

Benthochromis tricoti

Callochromis macrops
Callochromis melanostigma
Callochromis pleurospilus

Chalinochromis brichardi
Chalinochromis popelini

Ctenochromis horei

Cyathopharynx foae
Cyathopharynx furcifer

Cyphotilapia frontosa

Cyprichromis leptosoma
Cyprichromis sp. "leptosoma jumbo speckleback rainbow"
Cyprichromis microlepidotus

Enantiopus melanogenys

Eretmodus cyanostictus
Eretmodus sp. "cyanostictus full bar"

Gnathochromis permaxillaris

Julidochromis dickfeldi
Julidochromis marlieri
Julidochromis ornatus
Julidochromis regani
Julidochromis transcriptus

<Lamprologus> brevis
<Lamprologus> calliurus
<Lamprologus> caudopunctatus
<Lamprologus> multifasciatus
<Lamprologus> ocellatus
<Lamprologus> similis
<Lamprologus> speciosus
<Lamprologus> stappersi

Lepidiolamprologus hecqui
Lepidiolamprologus elongatus
Lepidiolamprologus meeli

Neolamprologus brichardi
Neolamprologus buescheri
Neolamprologus crassus
Neolamprologus cylindricus
Neolamprologus falcicula
Neolamprologus kungweensis
Neolamprologus leleupi
Neolamprologus marunguensis
Neolamprologus nigriventris
Neolamprologus pulcher
Neolamprologus savoryi
Neolamprologus sexfasciatus
Neolamprologus signatus
Neolamprologus tetracanthus
Neolamprologus tretocephalus

Ophthalmotilapia nasuta
Ophthalmotilapia ventralis

Paracyprichromis nigripinnis

Petrochromis_trewavasae

Tanganicodus irsacae

Telmatochromis vittatus

Triglachromis otostigma

Tropheus annectens
Tropheus sp."black"
Tropheus brichardi
Tropheus duboisi
Tropheus sp."ikola"
Tropheus moorii
Tropheus sp."red"

Variabilichromis moorii

Xenotilapia flavipinnis
Xenotilapia ochrogenys
Xenotilapia sp. "papilio sunflower"
Xenotilapia spilopterus

Non cichlids
Aethiomastacembelus ellipsifer
Brycinus sp."tiger"
Synodontis multipunctatus
Synodontis petricola

Facts
Lake Tanganyika map

 

 

 


<Lamprologus> similis
BÜSCHER, 1992

Photo © Michael Persson
<Lamprologus> similis.

Trade names and synonyms
Neolamprologus similis.

Size
The male could reach a maximum size of 4.5 cm while female's only reaches a size of approx. 3 cm.

Food
Shrimp mix, spirulina-flakes and brine shrimps.

Aquarium
This cichlid could be kept in small aquariums, I would recommend a size from 50 litres and above. This is enough for a small group of fishes assumed that you have enough with empty snail shells in the aquarium, at least one shell for each female.
The aquarium should be arranged with fine sand and lots of Neothauma-shells or any equivalent shells.

Habitat
<Lamprologus> similis is found at sandy floors covered with empty shell from the Neothauma tanganyicense snail. <L.> similis forms large colonies even though they lives in pair. Each individual has got it's own shell.

Breeding
This cichlid is easy to breed, the spawning take place in empty shells.
If they get on well they could get between 5 and 20 fry's every third week.
It guards the territory with success even towards much larger species.

General
This is a perfect cichlid for those who ain't have the room for a large aquarium but still wants cichlids with interesting behaviour.
It's not as great diggers as <L.> multifasciatus is.
Could be kept in separate aquarium that only contains this species, but they also fits well in a community with other Tanganyika cichlids.

Distribution
Found at several locations all around the Lake Tanganyika.

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