Neolamprologus marunguensis

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I thought I'd stopped keeping Lake Tanganyika Cichlids 25 years ago, but when a pair of N marunguensis became available to me, well, look at the luminous blue fin tips on this fish...

It was kind of hard to walk away from.
It's a deeper water cichlid that thrives in hard water, at a temperature range of 24-26c (75 to 79f). I keep mine in a 30 inch tank with no other fish, because I want to breed them. For some reason, I think there might be a demand.
And now, I have some. If you look closely at the algae in front of the Dad here, there is one little fry showing, from a group of about a dozen. The pair is young, and numbers should improve. As Cichlids go, however, these guys are not the most prolific.

They need caves to spawn in, ideally ones they can excavate. I prefer supports buried in the gravel, with flat rocks. It seems to work well for a lot of East African non mouthbrooding Cichlids.

I expect them to behave like the more common Neolamprologus brichardi, the "Burundi Princess Cichlid", for those who like English trade names. They build up large colonies with multiple broods co-existing. It's a lot of fun to watch them.
I hope I can look forward to that show - the first batch of fry have only been out for 2 days now. A year from now, I expect I will really have a fishwatching experience going.
To my eye, this is one of a small number of freshwater species that can hold its own, beauty-wise, with saltwater reef fish.
 

Andy Sager

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WOW!!!! These could make me want to get back to keeping Tangs again. :mad: Nice pick up Nav (y)
 

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Those are just 4 snapshots as they were guarding their territory, taken over 5 minutes this aft. They are easy to photograph as they are a photogenic creature. A real photographer could do amazing things with them.. They have a zone defense, and the fry seem to stay in the protected area. They are not as up close and active with fry as most riverine Cichlids are.
 

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Nice fish Nav

When you get a surplus rattle my cage. I have never seen this on available before and have breed most o the neolamps. As the fry get larger, if they are like Brichardi or mustax, you will need small places the parents cannot get into from about a half inch until about an inch. The adults will attack them when they are small but after an inch they will help keep the nest. I also found single adults more likely to molest fry than juveniles. Good luck with them.

Larry