Neolamprologus sexfasciatus from Lake Tanganyika

Neolamprologus sexfasciatus

Neolamprologus sexfasciatus. Photo by Dave Hansen

Often called the six-barred Lamprologus or gold sexfasciatus, Neolamprologus sexfasciatus is one of those cichlids Lake Tanganyika enthusiasts often consider keeping. However, seeing and wanting a fish doesn’t always translate into owning them. Similar in appearance to Neolamprologus tretocephalus, N. sexfasciatus has the same shape and barring but with the added gold/yellow color. In the wild this species is aggressive and predatory, feeding on other fish.

In the aquarium Neolamprologus sexfasciatus can be difficult to keep and breed. Their aggression and dietary requirements make them incompatible with many species. Tanks should be at least 4 feet long with plenty of rocky cover for a single pair of N. sexfasciatus. Forming a breeding pair can be difficult. A male and female can’t be put together and expect them to get along, much less breed. Pairs should be formed by keeping a group of young N. sexfasciatus. If a male and female are compatible, they will pair up for breeding. Other N. sexfasciatus will not be tolerated. If a pair does breed by laying eggs in a cave, the male will become hyper-aggressive toward any fish. Once the fry are old enough to be on their own the pair will break up and the female will be a target of male aggression. If you are considering adding Neolamprologus sexfasciatus to one of your tanks visit the Lake Tanganyika Forum for more information.

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