Scientific Name: Neolamprologus similis
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Approximate purchase size : 3-4cm
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How hard are they to keep?
What is its maximum size?
Males - 4.5cm; Females - 3.5cm
Where are they from?
Native to Lake Tanganyika
What is the ideal number to keep together?
If you are keeping multiple, have plenty of shells and try to keep more females than males to prevent fighting.
What water conditions do they require?
Water conditions should be kept between 7.5-9.0pH. Temperatures should range between 24-27¬∞C.
What should you feed them?
Zebra Shell Dwellers should be fed a variety of frozen, live and sinking pellet foods for a varied diet. Being omnivores they will happily accept a range of foods.
How compatible are they with other fish?
They are territorial fish that will defend their shells. Provide plenty of space (at least 40 litres per pair) and plenty of shells in the tank.
How do you breed them?
An easy species to breed ‚Äì they are shell brooders. Can be bred in the community tank but if you want to raise a full brood of these, a separate tank should be used. Provide plenty of snail shells, as the females will lay their eggs in these.