Neolamprologus brichardi, Poll, 1974
Origin: Africa, Lake Tanganjika, here the fish occurs at the stony banks of the lake.
Etymology: Named after Brichard.
Synonyms: Lamprologus savoryi elongatus, Lamprologus brichardi.
First European import:Unk
Description: See pictures.
Care: Despite it's origin not very particular to environment or waterconditions. The fish should not be kept in soft acidic water, but neutral and medium hard water is suitable to keep the fish. Neolamprologus brichardi are best kept in in medium or larger sized tanks, with lots of stones, and slightly alkaline water, that should be changed frequently. The fish do not harm plants, and are also not very aggressiv towards other fish.
Temperature: 22-25 degrees
Feeding: Omnivorous, all food is taken.
Size: Up to 10 cm.
Breeding: Cavebreeder, easy, raise the temperature to above 25 degrees, and feed the fish well. Combine this with frequent waterchanges. Water should be medium hard to hard, and moderately alkaline, pH above 7.5. Up to 200 eggs are laid, which are protected by the female. Parents do not need to be removed, in fact the juveniles will assist the parents defending futere nests.
Sexual dimorphism: Difficult, males have a more elongated dorsal fin.
Prices: Netherlands: 2-3€.
Picture references: Picture 1: E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)
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