Tanganyika Lampeye (Lamprichthys tanganicanus)
114 Litres (30 US G.)
12-15 cm (4.7-5.9")
8.0 - 8.5
23 -25 °C (73.4-77°F)
This animal is available captive bred
- Tanganyika Killifish, Tanganyika Lamp-eye
Additional scientific names
- Haplochilus tanganicanus, Lamprichthys curtianalis
- Native to Lake Tanganyika, but has also been introduced to Lake Kivu in Rwanda.
- The males are significantly larger & more colourful when mature. Before maturity, they can be distinguished by the shape of their anal-fin; the males have a long, parallelogram-shaped anal-fin, whereas the females have a shorter, triangular anal-fin. These are crevasse spawners that deposit their eggs in the tightest crevasses available; if using spawning mops, they should be tightened by tying the lower half repeatedly with additional yarn. The fry can take baby brine shrimp and microworms right away but are delicate and sensitive to water changes.
- Peaceful and prolific. They can be used as dithers for some of the less aggressive Tanganyikan cichlids.
- Omnivorous and will eat anything provided.
- Normal feeding routine, once or twice a day works with these fishes.
- Needs hard water with a pH over 8 in order to thrive.
- This species is notoriously sensitive to air exposure, shipping, and changing/poor water quality, prohibiting it from being a widespread aquarium species.
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