Classification: Captive maintenance, Lake Tanganyika.
Over my 30 years of being involved with the tropical fish hobby and, in particular the maintenance of fishes from the family Cichlidae, I have always found myself drawn toward the smaller species as opposed to the real "Guapotes" of the cichlid world. As a result, when the first shell-dwellers began to be exported from Lake Tanganyika during the mid-1970s a few species inevitably found their way into my collection. At the time the two most common were Lamprologus ocellatus and L. ornatipinnis. Today, however, a totally different scenario exists with many species available within our hobby that fall under the generic description of "dwarf shell-dweller."
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