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Category: Cichlids - Tanganyikan - Lamprologus
Price: £9.95 each
Discount: Buy 5 or more Neolamprologus tetracanthus and get 10% off!!
Stock: 10 in stock
Care Level: Difficult
Water Chemistry: More than pH 7 - Alkaline
Schooling Fish: No
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 8 and Hard|
|Volume Discount:||Buy 5 or more Neolamprologus tetracanthus and get 10% off!!|
Neolamprologus tetracanthus (Pearl-lined Lamprologus)
A large, pearl coloured fish that bears three rows of shiny blue spots along the flanks and a peppering of smaller spots all across the body and fins. The dorsal fin in particular is finely marked and edged with yellow.
Their large size allows them to dominate community tanks, and they are also rather active burrowers. They grow quickly, and are not recommended for small tanks.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Neolamprologus tend to be territorial and predatory fish that are very sensitive to poor water quality. The smaller species feed extensively on zooplankton, while the large species will also eat small fish and insect larvae. In the aquarium Neolamprologus can be fussy at feeding time, preferring live or frozen foods over freeze-dried or flake foods. Daphnia, brine shrimps and bloodworms are particularly relished. This species also eats snails.
Territoriality varies depending on the mood of the fish, Neolamprologus generally being most aggressive when spawning, They make good community fish, but being rather shy and easily bullied should not be combined with aggressive tankmates such as Tropheus. Good companions include dwarf Julidochromis and surface-dwelling livebearers.
Neolamprologus are cave spawners, with both partners vigourously defending the territory and protecting the eggs. Breeding is often difficult to achieve and getting the parents into spawning condition requires optimal water conditions and a good quality diet. Spawning is most likely in a breeding tank rather than a community system, though the addition of a few surface dwelling livebearers may help to cement the bond of the parents and provide them with a sense of reassurance. Once the eggs are laid they hatch after about a week or so, and once free swimming the fry will take brine shrimp nauplii.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||Africa: Lake Tanganyika|
|Size||Almost 20 cm in the wild|
|Water Parameters||Hard and alkaline essential|