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Neolamprologus brichardi

Picture of Neolamprologus brichardi Picture of Neolamprologus brichardi
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Common name:Lyretail, Lyretail Lamprologus, Fairy cichlid, Princess of Burundi
Scientific name:Neolamprologus brichardi
Size:4" (10cm)
Origin:Lake Tanganyika, East Africa
Tank setup:Rocky tank, with sand substrate. Efficient filtration required.
Compatibility:Not for the community tank, keep with similar Tanganyikan cichlids.
Temperature:24-27oC (75-81oF)
Water chemistry:Hard and alkaline: pH 7.8-9.0, GH 12-20, KH 14-20 ideally, but at least 6.
Feeding:Omnivorous, most foods accepted - feed flake, granular foods and frozen/live foods.
Sexing:The dorsal and anal fins of the male are slightly longer and more pointed, but this is not a reliable guide, especially in young fish. Males are generally larger in a spawning pair.
Breeding:Allow pairs to form from a group. The eggs are layed in caves and guarded by the female.
Comments: Best kept as a small group, but allow plenty of space and rocky caves. Good filtration and tank maintenance is required - Tanganyikan cichlids are said to fare better with smaller, regular water changes (say 20% per week).


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