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Neolamprologus Brichardi - Juvenile, Unsexed, Tank Raised



Neolamprologus Brichardi - Juvenile, Unsexed, Tank raised
Temperament: Territorial when spawning, generally not aggressive. 
Conspecific Temperament: Peaceful

Maximum Size: 5-6"
Feeding: Cichlid pellets or flake

Place of Origin: Lake Tanganyika

The Fairy Cichlid, Neolamprologus brichardi (previously Lamprologus brichardi) was one of the first African cichlids imported for the aquarium hobby. This is a hardy cichlid with beautiful appearance. It has a light cream colored body and a lyre shaped tail – it’s fins are tipped in white with long flowing filaments.  It also has a black stripe running from the eye to the gill cover and a yellow spot just above it.  It was first imported into the trade in the 1970’s.  This cichlid is moderately easy to care for as long it has the proper sized aquarium and the right tank mates.  This cichlid has a very pleasing coloration and is not shy about swimming out in the open. However they do like an aquarium with lots of rock formations creating caves for retreating. A sandy substrate is best because though they are not avid diggers, they may dig out spawning territories around the decor. Plants are not essential but if you should include them they won't eat them.

With its color, form and adaptability, this cichlid is a great choice for both the beginner and advance aquarist. They are a schooling fish that pair off only to breed, so are best kept in a group. They are generally peaceful and non-aggressive with their own kind. They typically do not quarrel with other tank mates except when spawning.  They become very territorial when spawning. They are best kept in a species tank, or a group of these fish can be kept in a large aquarium with other similar types of Lamprologine Shell-dwellers. Other good tankmates are a large schools of Cyprichromis, Goby Cichlids, Julidochromis, and Tropheus.

They are a secretive shelter spawner and you may not know they have spawned until you see small fry.  The older fry will help protect the younger ones and various ages of fry will be present in the same tank, referred to as “stepped breeding”.

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