2m / 3w: neolamprologus caudopunctatus: (species description follows)
14x (3m / 11w) Paracyprichromis nigripinnis '' Blue Neon ''
The endemic to Lake Tanganyika occurring Heringscichlide lives in about 40m depth in rocky habitat. Paracyprichromis nigripinnis is spread throughout the lake, however, is the color variant "Blue Neon '' from the Chituta Bay in Zambia, represented in aquatics most. The strong bond to the substrate and also the spawning behavior they differ significantly from the living in open water species Cyprichromis. Nutrition:
The animals feed in the lake zooplankton. In the aquarium, this natural diet must be considered and can be explained by the addition of Cyclops, Bosmidien, Artemia nauplii, daphnia or grated Trockfutter, simulate very well. Behavior:
Paracyprichromis nigripinnis "Blue Neon '' is to be found in large schools or schools in the immediate vicinity of rock walls or boulders part and partly crowded to the substrate. The males occupy fixed areas and defend it against conspecifics. Propagation:
The pairing of maternal mouth brooders, usually takes place on steep rock formations. If the pair ready to mate, the female begins after a brief courtship dance with oviposition. It lays an egg on the substrate and takes it to a short time. Then the male provides cross and emits semen, which receives the female with his mouth. This procedure is repeated several times, the fertilization is done by the male after oviposition. It happens often that a female during mating swims to another pairing prepare males and also paired with this. A unique paternity is thus relatively rare. After about 30 days 6-12 pups are released and can with Artemia nauplii and powdered food; be fed after a few weeks even with Cyclops, etc.. In species tank the juveniles must not be separated, because the adult Paracyprichromis not adjust them. Attitude in the aquarium:
The establishment of an aquarium for this beautiful Heringscichliden should be equipped with steep cliffs and enough retreat possibilities. A rear wall in rock look, this type comes naturally very well. The lighting should be adapted to the natural habitat of the species in 40m depth. Excessive lighting affects very negatively on the coloring, especially in the males and makes for stress in the animals.
In an aquarium species tank should be chosen from 120cm edge length. It emphielt generally, to maintain more females than males in a pool. We place a species tank with 120cm edge length basis, so no more than 3 males should be kept in the company of 6-12 females. In company with other cichlids of Lake Tanganyika, an edge length of at least 150 cm is desirable.
As a society for Paracyprichromis are primarily Sandcichliden the genus Xenotilapia or snail cichlids. In cave-dwelling Lamprologini, should be abandoned in smaller aquariums, as they occupy almost the same pelvic areas and Paracyprichromis is not very assertive. Water levels:
The water parameters should be adjusted to the level of Lake Tanganyika.
Tolerances in '()' ':
pH: 8,5 - 9,5 (7.5 to 9.5)
GH: 7-11 ° (5-20 °)
KH: 16-19 ° (10-20 °)
Temperature: 23 - 26 ° C