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, and places to hide.
To keep the water high pH and alkalinity needed, and to maintain their bright coloration, a sandy bottom of white aragonite would be ideal, since darker substrates will cause these fish to darken.
This is a very slow growing species which may take a few years to reach sexual maturity. The males are typically larger than the females. The female will lay her eggs within caves, and the male will fertilize them. Incubation occurs in 3 to 4 days. They are typically very good parents until they spawn again. To increase their fry survival rates, relocate the young to a separate aquarium once breeding activities between the parents are noticed. Feed the fry newly hatched brine shrimp and finely crushed flake food.
They would appreciate a diet rich in meaty items such as blood worms, brine and mysis shrimp, carnivore flake and pellet foods.
Compatible: Lake Tanganykan similar size African Cichlids and African Catfish.
Aquarium setup: 72-82°F; pH 7.8-9.0; dKH 12-20.
Size: 4 1/4 in (11 cm)