Neolamprologus helianthus from Lake Tanganyika

Neolamprologus helianthus

Neolamprologus helianthus. Photo by Dave Hansen

Neolamprologus helianthus became very popular as they started becoming available about 10 or 15 years ago. Since then they seem to have fallen out of favor by hobbyists looking to add color to their aquariums. The species name, helianthus, comes from the Greek words meaning sun and flower. N. helianthus‘ sunflower yellow color made them very desirable. Everybody wanted a pair for their Tanganyika community tanks. Unfortunately, like Neolamprologus pulcher and N. brichardi, a spawning pair can be extremely aggressive toward any other fish in the tank. It is often recommended that they be kept in a species only tank. If you must keep them with other species, a minimum 4 foot tank with hardy tankmates is recommended. Spawns can be quite large and the fry will swim close together under the watchful eyes of the parents.

Neolamprologus helianthus can be discussed in the Lake Tanganyika forum.

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