Altolamprologus-calvus

Calvus Cichlid (Altolamprologus calvus)

This species is very slow growing, taking over 6 months to reach an inch and a half long, and over two years to reach sexual maturity. Their bodies are very thin and compact and are dark black in color with many small white spots. Their sloping forehead and large mouth gives them a menacing look, making them a favorite among some cichlid lovers. Compatible: Lake Tanganykan similar size, and African Catfish. Aquarium setup: 50 gallon tank. 72-82°F; pH 7.8-9.0; dKH 12-20. Size: 5 1/4 in (14 cm) Read more »

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Cylindricus Cichlid (Neolamprologus cylyndricus)

The Neolamprologus Cylindricus Cichlid originates from the rocky coastal waters of Southeastern Lake Tanganyika, Africa. This species is one of the smaller of the cichlids, only attaining a maximum size of 4 inches. They have an elongated body, and are silver in color with many dark vertical bands. Their fins are outlined in an iridescent blue which adds to the appeal of these fish. They should be maintained in an aquarium of at least 30 gallons with other smaller Tanganyikan cichlids. Aggressive towards co specifics, you should keep one male […] Read more »

Altolamprologus-compressicep

Gold Head Cichlid (Altolamprologus compressicep)

Native from the rocky coastal waters of Lake Tanganyika, Africa. This species is much smaller then their distant cousins, Dimidiochromis compressiceps, which originate in Lake Malawi, only attaining a maximum size of 4-1/2 inches. stunning cichlids with a yellow and black mask covering the head, and several vertical brown lines covering the body. The Gold Head Compressicep should be maintained in an aquarium of at least 50-gallons with other aggressive cichlids. Compatible: Lake Tanganykan similar size, and African Catfish. Aquarium setup: 72-82°F; pH 7.8-9.0; dKH 12-20 Size: 4 1/4 in […] Read more »

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Gold Neolamprologus Sexfasciatus Cichlid

The Gold Neolamprologus Sexfasciatus Cichlid originates from the rocky waters of Southern Lake Tanganyika, Africa. This species is one of the larger of the dwarf African cichlids, and attains a maximum size of 6 inches. They have an elongated body shape, and are gold in color with many dark vertical bands. Their fins are outlined in an iridescent blue which adds to the appeal of these fish. Maintained them in an aquarium of at least 50 gallons with other smaller Tanganyikan or Malawian cichlids, with plenty of rocks, shells and […] Read more »

Julidochromis-ornatus

Julidochromis ornatus cichlid

Julidochromis Ornatus have an elongated body with alternating yellow and white thick stripes. Keep them in a 30-gallon or larger aquarium decorated with plenty of rocks and caves in order to provide adequate hiding places for these territorial fish. They prefer hard water with an alkalinity of 10 to 20 dKH and a pH of 8.0 to 9.0. In order to maintain these conditions, it is best to provide a substrate consisting of aragonite. The aragonite substrate can be mixed with darker gravel to reduce glare from the lighting. Relatively […] Read more »

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Neolamprologus brevis a cute cichlid from Lake Tanganyika

The Neolamprologus brevis is an excellent choice if you want to raise cichlids but don’t have room for a large aquarium. These little fishes will only grow to 2.5 inches for males and 1.5 inches for females. Both sexes are light brown in color with several lighter vertical stripes distributed throughout the body. Interestingly, Neolamprologus brevis live in empty snail shells in their native Lake Tanganyika. So their aquarium habitat should also be decorated with several shells for each member to choose from. Territorial fights for these shells do occur […] Read more »

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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

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

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 »