Five-bar cichlid - Neolamprologus tretocephalus
Scientific name: Neolamprologus tretocephalus
Common name: Five-bar cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 13 - 15 cm (5.12 - 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: 22 - 25 °C (71.6 - 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: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Five-bar cichlids are carnivorous, meaty foods should be given to them; they will also accept quality flakes and cichlid pellets.
Africa; originates from Lake Tanganyika.
There are no visible differences; the males will grow slightly larger.
Water changes are required to get these to spawn. Upturned plant pots makes an ideal spawning site, or even make some caves with the rock work. The male will make a pit at the bottom of the cave, and when the female is ready, she will enter it. You often will not know that they have spawned until the female leaves the cave with her fry. These can de fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or crushed flake.
The expected life span for Five-bar cichlid is 5-8 years.
These cichlids are very aggressive, not so much when juvenile but as they mature, Neolamprologus tretocephalus will become very territorial. It has been known for these to kill other fish, keep them in a species tank with plenty of rock work.
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