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Neolamprologus caudopunctatus

Neolamprologus caudopunctatus

Scientific name: Neolamprologus caudopunctatus

Common name: N/A

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 7 cm (1.97 - 2.76 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7.5 - 8.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 10 - 18°N (178.57 - 321.43ppm)

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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: aggressive/territorial

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

A good quality flake food should make up their staple diet. Cyclops, mysis, daphnia and brine shrimp will also be readily accepted.


Africa; this species is to be found in Lake Tanganyika.


When adult specimens, the males will be larger than the females and will display more coloration. Sometimes the males will also have a red tinge on the outer edge of their tail fins.


When the parents are ready to spawn, a pit will be dug. This is normally situated near the rock work or by the side of any plant pots added to the tank. The female will lay her eggs at the side of the pit, normally on the rocks or flower pot and then she will tend them herself, at this stage the male will be chased away. The eggs should hatch after 72 hours; the fry will then be free swimming a few days later. Initially feed them on newly hatched brine shrimp; as they grow they can be fed on crushed flake.


The expected life span for Neolamprologus caudopunctatus is 3 years.

Short description

Plenty of rockwork should be added to the tank, Neolamprologus caudopunctatus will patrol the tank all of the time but do need hiding places when required.


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