Lamprologus callipterus (1m / 1w):
Synonyms and trade names:
Neolamprologus callipterus, Lamprologus Tembo
Style description Lamprologus callipterus
Lamprologus callipterus is spread over the entire Lake Tanganyika. Among the many cichlid species inhabiting the empty houses of Neothauma Snail, N.callipterus is the largest obligate shell dwellers. There Schneckencichliden which indeed use a snail to reproduce, but it need not necessarily, so use it optional. Examples include, among others neolamprologus caudopunctatus, Lepidolamprologus attenuatus, Telmatochromis vittatus and many more.
Buescher even watched a colony Neolamprologus multifasciatus in a boulder field, which had no snail shells available. Conversely, explains why the group of obligatory snails cichlids is so named: they need to reproduce necessarily an empty snail shells. Whether this comes as the Lake of the Neothauma-worm or other beheimateter in sea snails, is of secondary importance. In the aquarium, empty snail shells snail will be gladly accepted and sometimes even preferred in direct comparison.
The difference in body size is probably the most at first glance, most striking feature of L.callipterus. The females remain with a final height of max. 6.5 cm in size average of Schneckencichliden. In stark contrast, the males reach a total length of up to 16.5 cm and thus fit well in no case more. After Buescher the weight ratio between males and females is up to 15: 1, a very remarkable contrast.
The natural habitat of Lamprologus callipterus located in the riparian zone between 5 and 60m depth. The most common is the kind but can be found in the transition zone between rock and Sandlitoral. The male is to wear as the sole representative of Schneckencichliden able auger housing for several meters and so to build its nest. Buescher watched a L.callipterus nest on a terrace of a steep wall, which was several meters above the seabed. The nests can have a diameter of about one meter and accommodate about 200-500 empty snail shells. The location of its nests has strategic importance: Firstly, it must be ensured that the females can reach the nest safely, on the other hand have pups, which are no longer tolerated in the nest, ensure the protection of rock, can migrate.
The females keep on during their inactive phase in the reproductive Felslitoral near the shore. There you can find young animals that are no longer tolerated in the nest. Male adolescent animals close up with a height of 5-10 cm in swarms or schools with up to 40 individuals together. You are making a predatory life in all areas of the lake, where they can find food. Only with sexual maturity and a size at which they are able to wear the thick-walled enclosure of Neothauma Snail, they form an area and carry the snail shells together to form larger clusters.
The animals feed on invertebrates that they filter out of the sand, among others. At a young age are on the menu of male swarms mainly young fish and fish eggs.
The males of Lamprologus callipterus have developed three reproductive strategies. Primarily, the pairing between the dominant male and one female will be held. The male tries to lure the female located in breeding coloration in a particular shell. However, the final decision lies with the females. The spawning takes place, rather than due to the difference in size, in and above the shell. Has the females chose a snail shell, the female lays an egg after another into the chassis. The male is located above the opening of the case and are periodically from his sperm.
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Temperature: 24.5 ° C
Water change: 40% 1x weekly
- Fine / coarse Krill
- White mosquito larvae
- White mosquito larvae
- Tropical Tanganyika Flake
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