Altolamprologus compressiceps

Explanation of the symbols

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Tanganyika
Length : 15 cm - 6"
Min.length aquarium : 150 cm - 60"
English name : Compressed Cichlid
A timid and peaceful fish and somewhat territorial towards fish that enter its territory.  Do not combine with small fish, under 3" (8 cm), as they will likely be mistaken for food and consumed. This species will not harm plants. The tank should be decorated with  substrate of fine gravel and a lot of rocks that form caves and crevices.  They can be combined with other cichlids from Lake Tanganyika.

They should be fed with live food.  They are predators and like to eat small fish.

Breeding is easy.  Up to 300 eggs are laid in a cave.  The female takes care of the eggs and the fry.  The male defends the territory. When they are swimming free, the young fishes should be fed with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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