Neolamprologus sexfasciatus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Tanganyika
Length : 15 cm - 6"
Min. length aquarium : 150 cm - 60"
English name : Sixstripe Cichlid
A peaceful fish outside of spawning times.  The aquarium should be decorated with  substrate of fine gravel and a lot of rocks that form caves and crevices.  Some hard plants can be used for decoration as well.  The aquarium should have large open areas for free-swimming.  They can be combined with other cichlids from Lake Tanganyika such as Julidochromis and other (Neo)Lamprologus.  A territory is made.

You should give them small snails.  After habituation Artemia and dry food are accepted as well.

Breeding is not difficult with a good matching couple.  The best way is to raise a group of about 6 unrelated juveniles to sexual maturity and allow them to pair off.  They make a territory.  They drive all other fishes out of that territory.  Up to 200 eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  Both parents defend the fry.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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