Mustax - Neolamprologus mustax
Scientific name: Neolamprologus mustax
Common name: Mustax
Usual size in fish tanks: 9 - 10 cm (3.54 - 3.94 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7.8 - 8.9
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 17°N (142.86 - 303.57ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 78.8°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
Carnivorous, meaty foods must be supplied to Neolamprologus mustax. Blood worms, chopped earthworms and brine shrimp are ideal. Shrimp pellets will also be taken along with chopped cockles. Quality flake should be used on a regular basis.
Africa; Neolamprologus mustax is endemic to Lake Tanganyika.
Males will grow larger and when mature will develop a slight cranial hump. Females will tend to have a fuller body shape.
Provide some upturned plant pots in the tank as these fish are cave spawners. The eggs will be laid on the roof of the cave and both parents will stay inside until the eggs have hatched. Once hatching has taken place the female will drive the male out and rear the brood herself. When the fry are free swimming, they can be fed on Infusoria or rotifers.
The expected life span for Neolamprologus mustax is 15 years.
It is best to keep at least two females with every male. They are tolerant of other fish if the tank is large enough but provide hiding places by using rocks or wood.