Brichard’s slender cichlid - Teleogramma brichardi
Scientific name: Teleogramma brichardi
Common name: Brichard’s slender cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 11 - 15 cm (4.33 - 5.91 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 7 - 11°N (125 - 196.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 20 - 23 °C (68 - 73.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Africa
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Top levels
Food and feeding
Brichard’s slender cichlids will relish blood worms and brine shrimp. Offer them quality flake as well but it is not required for the staple diet. They have been known to catch small fish for food as well.
Africa; Brichard’s slender cichlids are to be found in the rapids of Zaire.
When in spawning mode, the female will display a reddish belly. The males will stay a uniform grey.
The Pairing bond of Teleogramma brichardi is not a strong one; they may change pairs through their life time. The fish are cave spawners, creamy white eggs will be laid on the roof of the cave. The eggs should hatch in 3-4 days and a few days later, the fry should be free swimming. They can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Teleogramma brichardi is 5-8 years.
As expected from fish that originate from the rapids in rivers, Brichard’s slender cichlids will require well oxygenated water with plenty of current. Hiding places should also be included in the set up.
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