Lamprologus multifasciatus timelapse

Great timelapse video of a group of Lamprologus multifasciatus digging around their shells.

Anyone who has kept a group of Lamprologus multifasciatus knows how quickly these little fish can rearrange carefully planned aquascaping. Leave them alone for a few hours and they completely change everything. The video does not mention how long the timelapse took place in real-time, but I’m guessing a day or two.

L. multifasciatus is a shell dweller from Lake Tanganyika and the smallest known cichlid. Fully grown males reach about 2″ in length and females are about half that size. The species name comes from the multiple verticle stipes on its body. These stripes, along with its blue eyes, make L. multifasciatus a beautiful and unique fish. They make their homes in neothauma snail shells which can be found discarded by the thousands on the sandy bottom of the lake. Unlike other shell dwellers, L. multifasciatus does not bury its shell. Instead they dig under their shells creating a depression in the sand.

For more information on L. multifasciatus and other shell dwellers, visit the Shell Dweller Corner.

Lamprologus multifasciatus

L. multifasciatus male with a couple females in the background. Photo by Diane Tennison.

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