|Origin||Lake Tanganyika, E. Africa|
|Tank setup||Rocky tank, with sand substrate. Efficient filtration required.|
|Compatibility||Not for the community tank, keep with similar Tanganyikan cichlids|
|Water chemistry||Hard and alkaline: pH 7.8-9.0, GH 12-20, KH 14-20|
|Feeding||Omnivorous, most foods accepted. Frozen/live foods should be included in the diet along with dry foods.
May eat small snails, which comprise part of the natural diet.|
|Sexing||No obvious differences, but males do grow slightly larger.|
|Breeding||A pit is normally dug in the substrate and often under a rock. Up to 500 eggs may be produced. Both parents
guard the fry.|
This species looks similar to the blue form of N. sexfasciatus, but has only five bands on the body rather than six.