This is one of the smallest African Rift Lake cichlids in the hobby. In the wild, it occurs over a sandy substratum and lives in and around an empty snail shell. While not being spectacularly colored, males are very attractive. They have a pronounced orange fringe on the upper edge of the dorsal fin, which is not present in females.
- Lamprologus brevis
- Throughout Lake Tanganyika.
- Males up to 2in (5cm); females smaller.
- Peaceful snail-shell dweller; tolerant of other species.
- Prefers livefoods but will accept other formulations, particularly deep-frozen ones.
- Properly constructed backgrounds with sandy areas and one cave and/or large empty snail shell per adult. Must be well lit and well filtered. Medium-hard, alkaline water important. Temperature range: 73-79 F (23-26 C).
- Eggs are laid in a snail shell. Both parents care for the brood.