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Neolamprologus brichardi a cichlid with many interesting habits

Photo by Ken Schwarz The Neolamprologus brichardi is a beautiful Tanganyika cichlid. These fishes have a light brown to creamy colored body with long flowing fins edged in a brilliant white. Their gill covers are decorated with a black stripe along with a gold spot and electric blue markings. Generally, the males have longer fins and are larger than the females. Although they don’t grow too big – up to 5 inches – they have big personalities! In their native Lake Tanganyika they live in large schools among the rocky […] Read more »


Neolamprologus ocellatus a little cichlid with a big attitude

Photo: Rolf Lind If you are looking for a little fish with a big attitude Neolamprologus ocellatus has plenty to spare. These tiny cichlids will fight with much larger opponents and even bite the hand that feeds them if you get to close to their territory. Both males and females of this species have a beautiful golden brown body and an “eye” spot on their gill cover. Females will usually have a white trimmed dorsal fin and reach a size of 1.5 inches while the males will grow up to […] Read more »


Orange Leleupi Cichlid (Neolamprologus leleupi)

This species is one of the smaller of the Southern Lake Tanganyika cichlids in Africa, only attaining a maximum size of 4 inches. They have an elongated body shape, and are mostly orange in color. The mouth of these fish is surprisingly large for their size, and may be outlined in black or blue. A Tank at least 30 gallons with other smaller Tanganyikan cichlids is recommended. The aquarium should be decorated with plenty of rocks, providing lots of caves, add shells and African driftwood in order to create shelters, […] Read more »

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Powder Blue cichlid (Pseudotropheus socolofi)

Pseudotropheus socolofi, also known as the Powder Blue cichlid or Pindani, is a fairly well-known and popular fish among the cichlid community. Both males and females of the species have a light blue body with the males usually having a brighter blue sheen. Both sexes also display egg spots on the anal fin with the males again having brighter, more sharply defined coloration. The dorsal fin usually has a dark band with a lighter edge and the body may contain several darker vertical “stripes.” Males will grow up to 5 […] Read more »


Red Zebra (Pseudotropheus estherae)

Another very popular aquarium fish that comes from Lake Malawi is the Pseudotropheus estherae or Red Zebra. Because these cichlids are so brightly colored and constantly on the go, they are truly aquatic entertainers. The males of this species have a light blue body with several darker vertical “stripes” and bright yellow egg spots on their anal fins. Contrastingly, the females are colored a brilliant orange. In general, Red Zebras will grow to 4-5 inches in length. Red Zebras are found in rocky areas and their aquarium habitat should also […] Read more »


Tilapia buttikoferi

One of the big bruisers of the cichlid family, Tilapia buttikoferi is a smart and outgoing fish with a bit of a mean streak. This handsome species sports alternating black and yellow/white stripes on a stout body. Because of its large size (up to 16 inches) it is also used as a food fish. But in the home aquarium, its large size is comes in handy for its favorite activity – bullying other fishes. The Tilapia buttikoferi’s natural habitat is the rivers of West Africa where it lives among the […] Read more »


Tropheus duboisi

Photo courtesy: Andrzej Zabawski Many cichlid lovers are lured by the striking appearance of Tropheus duboisi, especially in its juvenile form with its deep black body sprinkled with brilliant white spots. Even in its adult coloration it remains a beautiful fish as both males and females sport a black body with a blue face and a white or yellow stripe behind the gill cover (unfortunately the spots all fade away), growing to manageable size of 4-5 inches. Yet, this expensive fish requires not only an investment in terms of money […] Read more »


Yellow or blue? Labidochromis caeruleus

Many aquarists recognize the bright yellow coloration of Labidochromis caeruleus but it can also be found in a rarely seen blue and white form. This Lake Malawi cichlid will not only add beautiful color to your aquarium but it is also easy to care for and breed, as far as cichlids are concerned. The males of this species grow up to 5” while the females reach up to 3” in length. Although both sexes are predominantly yellow, females tend to be a paler shade of yellow and males also have […] Read more »