Neothauma tanganyicense Shells

The shell-dwelling cichlids of Lake Tanganyika are some of the most endearing, fascinating fishes in the aquarium hobby. As their name implies, many species of

Neolamprologus and Lamprologus dwell in the numerous abandoned shells of the snail, Neothauma tanganyicense which populate the substrate.

These are THE actual shells which these unique fishes inhabit. If you're a fan of shell-dwellers, you'll go crazy for these! 

  • Clean, carefully-collected shells
  • Sturdy, long-lasting
  • Perfect sized openings for shell-dwelling cichlids

These amazing shells are collected in shallow waters near Kasanga, in the Rukwa Region of Tanzania- exclusively for us, by a supplier who knows the lake and its fishes intimately. It's taken us over 5 years to secure a supply of them, and we know you'll love them as much as we do!

If you love "Shellies", these amazing shells are a "must have" for your Lake Tanganyikan biotope aquarium!

NOTE: Because the  se are natural shells, there may be slight imperfections and chips on    the shells you receive. We make every effort to select only the most intact specimens, and ship them carefully, but natural blemishes may be present.

PREPARATION NOTES: Although these are nicely cleaned shells, you should boil them gently for about 10 minutes to "crack off" any impurities (mud, etc.) that might be in their interior.

Always go slow when introducing any natural materials into your systems, so you can judge the effect they have on your fishes and plants. They are not intended for human consumption. DO NOT INGEST!


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