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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> multifasciatus
BOULENGER, 1906

Photo © Michael Persson
<Lamprologus> multifasciatus

Trade names and synonyms
Neolamprologus multifasciatus.

Size
This is one of the smallest cichlid in the world. The male could reach a maximum size of 4.5 cm (1.8 in.) and females 3 cm (1.2 in.).

Food
Shrimpmix, spirulinaflakes 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 of empty snail shells in the aquarium, at least one shell for each female.
Arrange the aquarium with fine sand and lots of Neothauma-shells or any equivalent shells.

Habitat
<Lamprologus> multifasciatus is found at sandy floors covered by empty shell from the Neothauma tanganyicense snail. Like N. brichardi it is living in groups and the main feed are plankton. Each individual has got it's own shell.

Breeding
This cichlid is very easy to spawn, the spawning take place in empty shells.
If they get on well they could get between 5 and 20 fry's every third week.
The male usually spawns with several females, therefore he will have a large territory which he guards with success even towards much larger species.

General
<Lamprologus> multifasciatus is my favourite cichlid in all categories. The interesting behaviour, the size and simplicity to get it to spawn makes this cichlid to something special.
A perfect cichlid for those who ain't have the room for a big aquarium but still wants cichlids with interesting behaviour.
They are great diggers and they push the shells around the tank.
Could be kept in separate aquarium which 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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