Neolamprologus signatus from Lake Tanganyika

Neolamprologus signatus

Neolamprologus signatus. Photo by Dave Hansen

Neolamprologus signatus is a species of shelldweller from Lake Tanganyika that hasn’t been as popular as other shelldwellers. This tiny fish rarely grows larger than 2 inches and is ideal for smaller aquariums. N. signatus is a harem spawner and only one male should be kept with a small group of females. Both parents will usually help raise the fry until they are old enough to look after themselves. The females have a characteristic cream-colored spot on their stomachs (pictured above) while males will have dark vertical barring throughout their bodies (below).

If this is a species you might consider keeping, make sure your provide plenty of shells and a couple inches of sand for them to dig. A group of one male and multiple females can be kept in larger community tanks as long as there are no other species that compete for the sandy bottom. Rock dwellers and open water swimmers make great tank mates. To discuss Neolamprologus signatus, make sure to visit the Lake Tanganyika forum.

Neolamprologus signatus

Neolamprologus signatus. Photo by Dave Hansen

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