Pearly Ocellatus (Lamprologus meleagris)

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Pearly Ocellatus

Pearly Ocellatus

Lamprologus meleagris

57 Litres (15 US G.)

5.1-6.4cm (2-2.5 ")




7.8 - 8.5

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

9-19 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

4-8 years



Sexing[edit | edit source]

Male is larger and colours are more vibrant than females.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Generally spends time on the substrate, and is not the most active fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Accepts most meaty foods including Cichlid flake and pellet foods, frozen brine shrimp, bloodworm and daphnia.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Once or twice a day, making sure not to overfeed.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

These are shelldwelling Cichlids and should be kept in a well filtered tank decorated with sandy substrate and plenty of empty snail shells.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Aggressive to other species, especially when on a rich meaty diet of foods like bloodworm. Should be kept in male/female pairs, and you will need a large tank if you want to keep more than one pair, and even then a single male may try to dominate all and kill off subordinate males.

Identification[edit | edit source]

These are attractive small cichlids with large mouth and eyes and a broad dorsal fin, they are chocolate brown (varying in shades) in colour with a paler belly with iridescent spots across the body and fins.

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