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 Profiles Tanganyika Shell Dwellers 'Lamprologus' sp. "Ornatipinnis Zambia"
'Lamprologus' sp. "Ornatipinnis Zambia"
Scientific Name: 'Lamprologus' sp. "Ornatipinnis Zambia"
Pronunciation: lm-pr-l-gs s--lt-s
Common Name(s): Yellowfin Ocellatus
Geo. Origin: Zambia
Habitat: Empty shells along muddy bottoms
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Monomorphic
Breeding: Shell Spawner
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 2.5"
Temperature: 77 - 79°F
pH: 8.6
Water Hardness: Very Hard
Difficulty: 2
Photo Credit: Dave Hansen
This species' behavior is very similar to that of L. ocellatus. Male and female each have their own shell; however, L. sp. "Ornatipinnis Zambia" completely buries its shell, with the opening nearly flush with the substrate, whereas L. ocellatus buries its shell with the opening at a right angle with the substrate. This species feeds on insect larvae and other bottom-dwelling invertebrates and not so much on plankton (like L. ornatipinnis). Males may reach 2.5" in length while females max out at 2".
 Profiles Tanganyika Shell Dwellers 'Lamprologus' sp. "Ornatipinnis Zambia"
 Key To Species Profile Terms
 Pronunciation: Refer to our Pronunciation Key for an explanation of the phonetic symbols.
 Habitat: This is the primary location where the cichlid is found and is a generalization. This does not
  mean a fish cannot be found in other habitats.
 Diet: Many cichlids specialize in eating one type of food; notwithstanding, some of these specialized
  feeders are flexible and can be opportunistic feeders.
 Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tankmates that
  are of a different species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to various factors,
  including aquarium size, tankmates of similar appearance, stocking levels, and order of introduction.
  There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
 Conspecific Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tank-
  mates of the same species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to such factors as
  aquarium size, stocking levels and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among
  individual specimens.
 Maximum Size: This is in regards to total length (including the tail) of typical aquarium specimens.
  Wild specimens may not attain this size, or may in fact grow larger than aquarium raised individuals
  due to various factors. Also consider that this is the typical maximum size and there are exceptional
  individuals that will exceed it.
 Difficulty: This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all other cichlids.
  This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding considerations.
  1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.
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