Fairy Cichlid (Neolamprologus brichardi)

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Fairy Cichlid & Fry

Neolamprologus brichardi

95 Litres (25 US G.)

9-10 cm (3.5-3.9")




7.5 - 9.0

22.2-25°C (72 -77 °F)

8-20 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

1-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Fairy Cichlid, Brichardi, Princes of Burundi, Lyretail Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Lamprologus brichardi

Origin[edit | edit source]

Endemic to Lake Tanganyika.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to visually sex. Dorsal and anal fins appear slightly longer on males. Males can be larger than females, but this is really noticeable only after they've paired up.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

An aggressive Cichlid best in Tanganyikan species set ups.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Not a fussy eater. Will eat most foods including Cichlid pellets, and live and frozen foods.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Needs a rocky aquascape with lots of caves and a sandy substrate. A known jumper, so a secure lid is a must. Best kept in small groups.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An aggressive Cichlid that forms strong pair bonds.

Identification[edit | edit source]

This fish looks very un-Cichlid like and quite stunning. It has a pale base colour with a black line by its eye and another on its gill plate and a yellow dot in between. But the most striking part of the fish is its lyre-shaped tail.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Parent with fry:

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