Comments: This is one of
the most colorful and beautiful of all the Neolamprologus species in Lake
The ones we have now are Wild from the Southern End of Lake Tanganyika,
which is rarely collected, and they are much prettier with more yellow than
the one in the picture above.
Origin: The ancestors
of these Daffodil Cichlids lived in Lake Tanganyika. But
now they live in aquariums all over the world. Maximum Size: In aquariums, they can grow to be about
3.5" long, including their tails, which is a nice size
for aquariums with at least 80-gallons of water.
are usually mildly aggressive but can be more aggressive
when getting ready to lay eggs and then protecting their babies.
recommended tank mates include other Tanganyika Cichlids but not Cichlids
from Lake Malawi nor from Lake Victoria. Daffodils are often kept with Synodontis
Catfish, but Synodontis will eat baby fish.
here for more about Synodontis Catfish.
here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.
Temperature: Daffodil Cichlids
live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being
here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and
Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets
is the best food for Cichlids to eat. It would be best to feed them small
pellets when young, then gradually increase the size as they grow bigger.
In their natural habitat Daffodil
Cichlids eat small crustaceans and invertebrates.
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Water Conditions: These fish
can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to
change the pH or alkalinity.
here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.
Aquarium Size: Daffodil
Cichlids will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least
40-gallons of water. Each Cichlid will need at least 3-gallons
Decor: Daffodils do
not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually
fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
here for more about aquarium gravel.
are beautiful and improve the water quality, but most aquariums with Daffodil
Cichlids do not have live plants.
Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended.
Most 40-gallon aquariums need a Penguin 350B Filter, and
this is sort of the minimum set up for Daffodil Cichlids.
Better is a 80, 100,
or 120-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across
here to learn more about aquarium filters.
The addition of
Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click
here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: Cichlids can live
for several years. Keep the water conditions excellent
and feed them premium foods, and they'll most likely breed and produce the
next generation of fish for your aquarium.
Gender: It's usually very
difficult to distinguish males from females.
Breeding: Daffodil Cichlids
lay eggs in a cave and carefully protect their eggs and
then their babies. It's interesting that other adult and juvenile Daffodils
will also help tend the fry.
here for a lot more about breeding various tropical fish in aquariums.
Cichlids are a very popular aquarium fish.
Names: The scientific
name for the Daffodil is Neolamprologus pulcher. Note that this is same
scientific name as the so called "Brichardi", because they are now considered
the same species.
here for more about "Brichardi".
Variations: This species
occurs a wide region of Lake Tanganyika and so there are probably variations
and hybrids with other Neolamprologus species.
here for a lot more information about keeping and caring for
Cichlids, including a picture gallery.
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