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Compressed cichlid - Altolamprologus compressiceps

Compressed cichlid - Altolamprologus compressiceps

Scientific name: Altolamprologus compressiceps

Common name: Compressed cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 14 - 15 cm (5.51 - 5.91 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7.8 - 8.9

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 18 - 30°N (321.43 - 535.71ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 24 - 27 °C (75.2 - 80.6°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: aggressive/territorial

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Compressed cichlids are highly carnivorous and will hunt around the aquarium looking for food. They will accept quality flakes but prefer live or frozen foods. Do not feed these cichlids beef heart as it contains mammalian products.


Africa; Compressed cichlids are found in Lake Tanganyika.


Males tend to have higher bodies plus more elongated fins. The spots on their posterior tend to be more pronounced on the males.


A tight cave will be used for spawning as they like to be closed in as much as possible when spawning. This can be created by using crevices in rock work or by creating a small cave from slate. The fry should appear 6 days after spawning and these can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Compressed cichlid is 3-5 years.

Short description

These cichlids are not difficult to keep; the only drawback is the slow growing of the juveniles. It can take up to 18 months for a specimen to mature. They will tolerate similar sized cichlids; there should be plenty of rock work in the tank.


Thanks to Eric for pictures. Other were bought from cichlid Compressed cichlid Compressed cichlid Compressed cichlid picture 4 Compressed cichlid picture 5 Compressed cichlid picture 6 Compressed cichlid picture 7

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