Neolamprologus hecqui

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Tanganyika
Length : 8 cm - 3"
Min. length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
This shell dweller defends a territory in the neighbourhoud of a snail shell.  The substrate of the aquarium should be sandy and have a lot of snail shells, so the fish can choose where he wants to live.  The other part of the aquarium should be set up with stones that make caves, so other Tanganyika cichlids can live there.  Some hard plants such as Vallisneria can be used for decoration as well.

You should give them small live food such as insect larvae and Artemia.

Breeding is rather easy.  The eggs are laid and fertilized in a snail shell.  The female lives in the shell to take care of the eggs and the young fishes.  The male defends the territory.  You can raise the young fishes with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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