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 per tank The ideal aquarium will have plenty of rocks, shells and African driftwood in order to build caves. Provide a sandy bottom of aragonite to maintain the necessary high pH and alkalinity require for these cichlids.
The Neolamprologus Cylindricus Cichlid is a secretive cave spawner, and breeding is more difficult than most of the cichlids. This is a very slow growing species which may take a few years to reach sexual maturity. At that time, the males are typically larger than the females, attaining a size of about
4″; compared to 3″; with females. Provide a number of caves for the pair to choose from. Once an acceptable site is found, the female will lay her eggs within the cave, and the male will fertilize them. Incubation occurs in 3 to 4 days. Feed the fry newly hatched brine shrimp and finely crushed flake food.
Their diet should contain meaty items such as blood worms, brine and mysis shrimp, carnivore flake and pellet foods.
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 (11 cm)