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Neolamprologus cylindricus

Picture of Neolamprologus cylindricus Picture of Neolamprologus cylindricus
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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.
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: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.
Comments: 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.


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