Altolamprologus compressiceps
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Altolamprologus compressiceps

Common Names: Compressed Cichlid
Synonyms: Lamprologus compressiceps
Neolamprologus compressiceps
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: Africa; Endemic to Lake Tanganyika, Africa.
Main Ecosystem: Rift Lake; Rift Lake
Temperament: Territorial; Territorial, but calm towards tankmates of a similar size.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed with shrimp, frozen foods and small fish. A large amount of rocks with caves for hiding places is needed. Plants can be added without being destroyed.
7 - 8
23°C - 25°C
73°F - 77°F
8 dH - 12 dH
Potential Size: Male: 15cm (5.9")
Female: 10cm (3.9")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Male is much larger than the female, with the males reaching 4-5 inches, and the females remaining less than 2 inches.
Breeding: Moderate to Hard. To breed the compressed cichlid try a pH around 8.0 and keep the fish well feed on a diet of live foods. They are cave and shell spawners. You will need a cave or shell, that is large enough for the female to enter, and yet to small for the male. The male will guard the female and his territory strongly. The female will guard her cave, eggs, and fry villigently. The hard part is not spawning them, but getting the fry. As the male will eat all the fry, as will anythin
Comments: A dwarf variety of this fish developed to use shells rather than caves. This "Sumbu" compressiceps reaches only 3" and can be treated as a true shelldweller species.
Thanks to Levi for this profile.
Main Colours: Grey, Black, Gold
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Not Specified
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Submitted By: Adam
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