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Black Calvus Altolamprologus calvus "black"

Category: Cichlids - Tanganyikan - Lamprologus

Size: 2-3cm

Price: £14.95 each

Discount: Buy 5 or more Black Calvus Altolamprologus calvus "black" and get 5% off!!

Stock: 10 in stock


Diet: Special Needs

Sociability: Peaceful

Schooling Fish: No

Water Chemistry: More than pH 7 - Alkaline

Care Level: Difficult


F1 Bred


Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.8 and Hard
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: Buy 5 or more Black Calvus Altolamprologus calvus "black" and get 5% off!!
Size: 2-3cm

Altolamprologus calvus "black" (Black Calvus)

A strongly compressed cichlid with a large, distinctively upturned mouth. This morph is very attractive and much sought after due to their dark vertical stripes and white sparkly irridecence displayed over most of the the body. It is worth noting, there are many geographical colour morphs available.

These fish are in demand because they are so beautiful but relatively rarely traded. They are best kept in pairs and are an active cichlid, preferring to swim around the middle and bottom areas of the aquarium set-up.

Sexual dimorphism is obvious only with adult fish, with the males being much larger (14 cm versus 9 cm) and more deeply bodied. Juveniles of both sexes are essentially similar.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

These fish are endemic to Lake Tanganyika and are primarily rock dwellers. Shy but also territorial to their own kind, they are predatory fish and should therefore only be kept with fish of a similar size.

Diet needs to be protein-rich and in the form of flakes, pellets and live food.

They should be provided with plenty of rock work which has caves and other suitable hiding places. They will even appreciate larger sized shells.

Males are larger than the females. When breeding the female will select a cave which is small enough for her to fit in, but not big enough for the male. As a result the male will fertilise the eggs from outside the cave. Once the eggs are laid the female will prevent any fish from entering the cave and she will not leave until the fry are at the free swimming stage several days later. At this time it is a good idea to remove the parents otherwise there is a strong possibility the fry will be eaten.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution Lake Tanganyika, Africa
Temperature 24-26 C
Size 14 cm (males); 9 cm (females)
Water Parameters Hard, alkaline water essential
Water PH 8-9