You may be right, actually of the 6 I originally got, i have lost 2. The first died rapidly of an infection above his eye (pretty sure it was from a bite...) and the second just died 2 days after, probably from stress of the move but not sure. The biggest which I assume is a male has taken over most of my 20 gal tank. I tried re-arranging the shells & logs/rock a little to make another smaller "territory" on the other side, which worked and the second biggest took a shell there. My 2 smallest, perhaps female, are still just sitting in the corner or in the territory of the smaller male who doesn't harrass them as much. They don't seem to be taking shells yet, even though there is some available. However, I believe these are from 2 batches between 8 months and 1 year old. The two little ones are about half the size of the biggest guy! Maybe they will take shells soon... I still want to re-arrange the tank a bit better to make more space for these guys, and give the aggressive guy a slightly smaller area if i can! Wish me luck!
Shellies often will hunker down in front of their shell. Chances are he has a shell picked out, or a few shells picked out. To help with aggression find out which shell is his and break up the sight lines to any other shells. If he can hang out and not see any other fish, he won't feel the need to harass them as much.
They are from Lake Tanganyika and are also called L. stappersi. Any relatively high protein based food should be OK for them. If they are all the same age you might have 1M and 3F. Eventually (and hopefully) he will pair up with one of the gals. Now is the time to remove the other two females as they will possibly be killed. Good luck.
Hi, I have 4 lamprologus meleagris african cichlids (shelldwellers). First, I don't know which lake they are from..? Can someone please enlighten me? Second, I am not sure the best feed for them. They don't like the flakes I have for my 5 tetras that share their 20 gallon tank, they sort of just spit them out. I did get some pellets that are very small, but they still seem too big for these guys. Even if I crush them they still don't like them, and again spit them out. Any suggestions on what to feed these guys?
I have one REALLY aggressive guy, who is bigger than the other 3. He chases them all off. I wasn't sure what to do, so sort of split him up and put a couple shells on the other side of a plant and rock barrier so they other 3 could have some too. It works, but sometimes they still wander over in the other guys' area. Oh well!