From the shores of lake Tanganjika orgins (Alto)lamprologus compressiceps. There the about 13 cm long getting fishhunter inhabits the detrital zone, which it roams on search for food. When a prey is seen it approaches in slow motion, near the booty it speeds up and catches the victim. Because of its strong lateral flattening it succeeds penetrating in crevices and lays there on the look-out. In the aquarium they are characterised by a low aggression against tank mates. Clearly smaller co-inhabitants however are regarded as prey. The sexes are only difficult to differentiate, there is no pronounced sexual dimorphismn. Important for a succesful maintenance is a good water quality, since they react very sensitively to an increased water load. As cavespawners they rear up to 180 slowly growing offspring.
(Photo F. Schäfer, Text K. Diehl)
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