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Altolamprologus compressiceps

Picture of Altolamprologus compressiceps
Common name
Scientific name Altolamprologus compressiceps
Size Up to 6" (15cm), female smaller - 4" (10cm).
Origin Lake Tanganyika, E.Africa
Tank setup Piles of rocks, with sand or fine gravel substrate. Shells can also be added.
Compatibility Not for the community tank, keep with similar sized Tanganyikan cichlids, which are not overly aggressive, such as Julidochromis or larger shell dwellers.
Temperature 24-27oC (75-81oF)
Water chemistry Hard and alkaline: pH 7.8-9.0, GH 12-20, KH 14-20
Feeding Will take most aquarium foods, but frozen or live foods are preferred.
Sexing Males are usually significantly larger in established pairs. Mature males will also appear deeper bodied with more elongated finnage. These differences are not apparent in juveniles.
Breeding Substrate spawner, the female will usually select a cave with a very narrow entrance. The female will guard the eggs and fry until they are free swimming.
Comments A slow-growing cichlid, A. compressiceps makes an interesting addition to a suitable Tanganyikan setup. As with A. calvus, there are different colour variants, originating from different locations in the lake. Altolamprologus may eat very small fishes and fry, but are not generally a danger to adult Tanganyikan cichlids. They should not be kept with boisterous fishes such as Tropheus and the Malawi mbuna.


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