I hear much about the minimum ph requirements of these fish being above 8.5. My water hovers in the 8.0 +/- .2 range, though admittedly I only test about every five years. I do believe the success of buescheri is more due to providing the correct aquascape, and stable water conditions, then an exacting high ph. This is only coming from my experience alone though.
The buescheri is not a prolific fish by any means. Most reported spawns see yields of 3 to 7 green eggs, although I have heard of single spawns in the twenties. The fry are very well protected, and will not stray from the territory of the parents at all. Typically, unless you look very hard, with flashlight in hand, you will not see fry until they are about 2 months old, at about 5mm. From there, the fry are very slow growing, even by most standards, save that of Altolamprologus. Multiple generations of spawns are tolerated, and I have never had a loss of smaller fry from the predation of older siblings. I have noted that male fry are driven away from the territory around 4.5cm, and females around 6cm. In all cases it is the male that drives away the fry, and he will do so without abandon.
I have never found buescheri, including any wild caught individuals that I have kept, to be picky of their diet. They will readily accept flake food, pellets. They do of course prefer mysis shrimps, brine shrimp, krill and other shrimps.
I have kept them in tanks with Altolamprologus calvus, Neolamprologus pectoralis, Neolamprologus leleupi, Neolamp-rologus nigriventris, Neolamprologus multifasciatus, Neolamp-rologus caudopunctatus, Julidiochromis transcriptus "Gombe", Cyprichromis leptosoma "Utinta", Neolamprologus pulcher "Daffodil", Telmatochromis bifrenatus and a host of other barbs, tetras, rainbow fish and live bearers. They should get along quite well with most small to medium sized lamprologines, given enough correct territories for the inhabitants.
If you get a chance to try these fish, I think youíll be well rewarded, it certainly is a fish Iíve enjoyed keeping. □