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|Common name:|| |
|Scientific name:||Neolamprologus cylindricus|
|Size:||Up to 5" (12.5cm)|
|Origin:||Lake Tanganyika, East Africa|
|Tank setup:||Plenty of rocky decor with sand substrate (or fine gravel).|
|Compatibility:||A fairly aggressive cichlid, it will not tolerate others of its own species.
Keep adults as single specimens or established pairs. They are often aggressive towards similar-looking fish
which occupy a similar niche in the aquarium, such as Julidochromis.
Suitable companions could include more robust Neolamprologus species, Altolamprologus, and shoaling Cyprichromis.|
|Water chemistry:||Hard and alkaline: pH 7.8-9.0, GH 12-20, KH 14-20 ideally, but at least 6.|
|Feeding:||Will take most aquarium foods, supplement with frozen or live foods.|
|Sexing:||No obvious differences (see Breeding). Mature males are likely to be slightly larger.|
|Breeding:||To obtain a compatible breeding pair, it is recommended that a group of several
juveniles are raised, and the 'surplus' fish removed once a pair has formed, to avoid serious aggression from the
established pair. Spawning takes place in caves, which should have smooth walls to facilitate egg-laying.
The female will protect the fry for a while after they emerge from the cave.|
There is some variation in the intensity of the stripes in fish from different sources. Although this fish is a slow grower,
adults become quite an imposing fish at full size. It is not recommended that they be housed with the similarly shaped N. leleupi,
except in very large aquaria.