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Cylindricus - Neolamprologus cylindricus

Cylindricus - Neolamprologus cylindricus

Scientific name: Neolamprologus cylindricus

Common name: Cylindricus

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 11 - 13 cm (4.33 - 5.12 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7.8 - 8.9

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

0°C 32°F30°C 86°F

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: aggressive/territorial

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

In the wild Neolamprologus cylindricus feed on crustaceans and small fish, replicate this in the aquarium with meaty foods. Earth worm flake, Mysis, and brine shrimp are ideal for this. Add spirulina flake to keep the coloration of the fish.


Africa; Neolamprologus cylindricus is found in Lake Tanganyika.


No visible differences, but when adult the males tend to be larger than the females.


Like most of the Tanganyika cichlids, this species of fish are secretive cave spawners. Provide caves and rock work in the aquarium, upturned plant pots will serve the purpose. The female will disappear for a few days when spawning has taken place, when she emerges, the fry will be with her. These can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Neolamprologus cylindricus is 12 years.

Short description

Neolamprologus cylindricus are very aggressive and territorial fish, sub-dominant males can be killed by the dominant male. To prevent this, remove all of the other males that are lower in the pecking order.


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