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    Lamprologus meleagris

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    DESCRIPTION

    Lamprologus meleagris, commonly known as the "Meleagris Shell Dweller" or "Spotted Shell Dweller," is a small cichlid species that originates from Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. As the name suggests, these cichlids are known for their unique habit of dwelling within empty snail shells, creating interesting behavior and territorial dynamics.

    Here's more information about Lamprologus meleagris:

    1. Coloration: Lamprologus meleagris has a distinctive appearance with a brownish or grayish body adorned with small dark spots. The spotting gives it a speckled or meleagris (turkey) pattern.

    2. Size: Meleagris Shell Dwellers are quite small, typically reaching sizes of around 2 to 2.5 inches (5 to 6.5 cm).

    3. Habitat: In their natural habitat of Lake Tanganyika, Meleagris Shell Dwellers inhabit the shallow rocky zones near the shoreline. They establish territories within empty snail shells, which serve as their shelters.

    4. Behavior: These cichlids have fascinating behavior, particularly their use of empty snail shells as shelters and territory markers. They are relatively peaceful and are well suited for smaller setups or nano tanks.

    5. Tank Setup: Provide a setup with plenty of small rocky formations, caves, and sandy substrate. The most important feature is the availability of empty snail shells for them to inhabit.

    6. Water Conditions: Meleagris Shell Dwellers prefer water with a pH range of 7.8 to 9.0 and a temperature range of 75 to 82°F (24 to 28°C). Maintain excellent water quality and stability.

    7. Diet: Offer a balanced diet that includes high-quality cichlid pellets, flakes, and small frozen or live foods. Their diet should include both animal and plant matter.

    8. Compatibility: Due to their small size and territorial nature, these cichlids are best kept in species-specific setups or with other peaceful Tanganyikan cichlids that share similar requirements.

    9. Breeding: Meleagris Shell Dwellers breed within their shells. The female lays her eggs within the shell, and both parents contribute to guarding the territory and protecting the fry.

    Lamprologus meleagris is appreciated for its unique behavior and striking appearance. Providing the appropriate setup with shells for them to inhabit is key to their well-being and will allow you to observe their intriguing territorial and breeding behaviors.

    3-3.3cm
    35 pcs Not Available
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