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Trade names and synonyms
The male could reach a maximum size of 4.5 cm while female's only reaches a size of approx. 3 cm.
Shrimp mix, spirulina-flakes and brine shrimps.
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.
<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.
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.
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.
Found at several locations all around the Lake Tanganyika.