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Fairy cichlid - Neolamprologus brichardi

Fairy cichlid - Neolamprologus brichardi

Scientific name: Neolamprologus brichardi

Common name: Fairy cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 9 - 10 cm (3.54 - 3.94 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7.6 - 8.9

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 12 - 18°N (214.29 - 321.43ppm)

0°C 32°F30°C 86°F

Recommended temperature: 23 - 25 °C (73.4 - 77°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: Bottom levels

Known synonyms:

  • Lamprologus elongatus
  • Neolamprologus elongatus
  • Lamprologus savoryi elongatus
  • Lamprologus brichardi
  • Neolamprologus brichardi


The Brichardi Cichlid is an omnivore and will feed on crustaceans, invertebrates and plankton in the wild. In an aquarium, this cichlid will accept a variety of flakes, dried and live foods.


The male Fairy Cichlids are slightly larger with longer anal, dorsal and caudal fins. The females are a little bit smaller and much more timid.


Fairy Cichlids form monogamous pairs that stay partnered throughout their entire lives. They are substrate spawners and extremely great parents. Once the fry absorb their yolk sacs they can be fed newly hatched brine shrimp and finely crushed flakes.


This cichlid will live for approximately 8-10 years.


These cichlids come from the northern area of Lake Tanganyika of Africa.


These fish are known for their unique breeding habits. They are the only fish in Africa known to share parenting responsibilities as a school of fish. Each adult and juvenile will contribute to protecting eggs, fry and spawning parents. These cichlids have such large schools that up to 100,000 of these fish will live together in a small area of water. This is the main reason why they do best in a species tank.


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