Juan Miguel Artigas Azas,
Cichlid Room Companion
Breeding tanks

Neolamprologus brichardi (Poll, 1974)

By , 1996.
Published

Neolamprologus brichardi (Poll, 1974)

Classification: Captive maintenance, Lake Tanganyika.

Neolamprologus brichardi male Neolamprologus brichardi adult male. Photo by Juan Miguel Artigas Azas.

You get close to this 60 lt. (15 gal) tank attracted by the rockwork inside it. You see that at least half the 30 cm. (12 inches) height of the aquarium is occupied with rocks that go from side to side of it's 65 cm.(26 in.) length. Among the rocks you can see a beautiful pair of cichlids with fins produced into long white bluish filaments, the male you approximate 8 cm (3 1/4 in.), the female perhaps 6 cm. (2 3/8 in.). Looking at the label of the tank you notice they are Neolamprologus brichardi. You remember then they are known as the 'Princess of Burundi', coming from below 5 meters deep in lake Tanganyika. Yes, you sure have seen pictures taken in the rocky shores of the lake where thousands of those little gregarious fish are swimming dazzling among the boulders near to the shore, feeding on plankton. Observing the fish with more attention you see the pair close together and below them, among the rock crevices, many small about 5 mm. (1/5 inch) replicas of the adults are swimming around. When you observe those little fish you suddenly notice you can actually group them in two sizes, you decide the fry should come from two consecutive spawns.

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