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Neolamprologus cylindricus , Staeck & Seegers, 1986
Cylindricus

Origin: Lake Tanganjika, south eastern coast, from Karema to Isanga.

Etymology: cylindricus(L.): refers to the body shape of the fish.

Synonyms: Lamprologus cylindricus, Neolamprologus sp. "adriani"

Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Perciformes Family: Cichlidae

First European import: Germany, 1983, by Afrika-Aquarium

Description:See picture(s)

Care: Neolamprologus cylindricus is best kept in pairs, since the fish are aggressiv towards their own kind. Buying 6 juveniles is recommended, as the fish are difficult to sex. After a pair has formed, the remaining fish should be removed. Provide the fish with lots of hiding places, created with stones and plants. A sandy soil is recommended. Water medium hard, neutral to alkaline, and biweekly waterchanges.

Temperature: 23-28 °C

Feeding: Omnivorous, live and frozen food is recommended, but flake food is also accepted.

Size: up to 12 cm.

pH: 7.0-8.5

Breeding: A well cared for pair will spawn in a community tank. The pair will spawn in a hole, which is carefully cleaned. The female will guard and care for the eggs, the male will guard the surrounding. Up to 200 small greenish eggs can be produced, that will hatch in 4 to 5 days, and are free swimming after two weeks.

Sexual dimorphism: Males are larger.

Prices: Around 5 €

Additional: Do not try to keep this fish together with other Neolamprologus

Picture references:All pictures E. Naus

References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1989): Aquarien Atlas III. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.

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