Hecqui Cichlid (Neolamprologus hecqui)

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Hecqui Cichlid

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Hecqui Cichlid

Neolamprologus hecqui

170 Litres (45 US G.)

5.1-8.9cm (2-3.5 ")




8.0 - 8.6

25-26.1°C (77 -79 °F)

10-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

8-12 years



Additional names

Hecqui Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Lepidiolamprologus hecqui, Lamprologus hecqui

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

One of the more aggressive shelldweller cichlids. They possess a powerful physique and a large bass-like mouth. Despite their small size, they can hold their own against much larger tankmates. It is advised to keep no more than one male in a tank as they are very territorial. They will not tolerate any other males unless kept in a large tank with well sorted out territories. Unlike most other shelldwellers this species also requires more space than their size may indicate.

Identification[edit | edit source]

They are very similar in appearance and temperament to Neolamprologus boulengeri. Both species possess a distinctly unique trait where a spot of the body camouflage extends upwards into the dorsal fin. This is not a melanistic trait or a genetic defect caused by selective breeding, it occurs naturally. Hecqui Cichlids have a black edging around their fins and do not show as much yellow as N. boulengeri. Most specimens also possess a iridescent blue streak across the side of their body.

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