Lamprologus callipterus is rather aggressive to species of their own kind. You should keep one male together with several females. The females live in snail shells and the males defends the territory around the shells. The aquarium should be set up with a lot of rocks and stones that form caves and crevices. You can use some plants for decoration as well.
Males get a lot bigger than females. They can reach a total length of around 15 centimeters. Females stay much smaller and reach a total length of 6 centimeters.
This species was first described in 1906 by Boulenger.
Synonyms: Neolamprologus callipterus, Lamprologus reticulatus, Julidochromis elongatus, Neolamprologus elongatus, Lamprologus steindachneri, Lamprologus modestus nyassae.
You should give them live food such as Artemia, Mysis and mosquito larvae.
Breeding Lamprologus callipterus
Breeding Lamprologus callipterus is not difficult. The eggs are laid and fertilized in a snail shell. During incubation the female stays in the shell and the male defends the territory. When they are swimming free the young fishes don’t return to the shell anymore. You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie
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