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 Profiles Tanganyika Shell Dwellers 'Lamprologus' sp. "Ornatipinnis" Kigoma
'Lamprologus' sp. "Ornatipinnis" Kigoma
Scientific Name: 'Lamprologus' sp. "Ornatipinnis" Kigoma
Pronunciation: lm-pr-l-gs
Habitat: Empty Shells
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Monomorphic
Breeding: Shell Spawner
Temperament: Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 2"
Temperature: 77 - 79°F
pH: 8.6
Water Hardness: Very Hard
Difficulty: 2
Photo Credit: Greg Bulnes
Mature males are 2" while females a slightly smaller. L. ornatipinnis 'kigoma' prefers to spawn against rocks or a rock wall. They must be feed well and the water quality must be pristine to avoid losses or illness. They like to hold a large territory. They will tolerate other fish when not spawning but rarely tolerate unpaired conspecifics. L. ornatipinnis 'kigoma' tend to try and hold the highest point near their principle shell, and display/flare to ward off contenders. Spawning pairs may not tolerate older fry. Older fry will be driven away or killed to make room for new spawns.
 Profiles Tanganyika Shell Dwellers 'Lamprologus' sp. "Ornatipinnis" Kigoma
 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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