Geo. Origin: Thumbi West Is., Masimbwe Islet, and Chiloelo
Habitat: Deep sandy habitat
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 4.5"
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
This species is closely related to L. sp. "Nyassae" but differs in at least two important ways. First, this species is found in significantly deeper habitats (35-53 meters) while N. sp. "Nyassae" is found in shallow water. Secondly, N. sp. "Yellow Collar" builds bowers (instead of borrowing nests from other species in the "off season"), which are saucer-shaped and about a meter in diameter! In the center of the crater, the male constructs several cones or turrets. Characteristic of this species is the black pigment band formed in the rear part of the dorsal fin. Males have many large egg spots on the anal fin. Females tend to cluster together in groups. This is not an assertive cichlid and can easily be oppressed by more active or dominant tank mates. Careful selection of tank mates is advised. Like all Lethrinops species, L. sp. "Yellow Collar" hunts by shoveling and filtering the substrate for food particles.
Pronunciation: Refer to our Pronunciation Key for an explanation of the phonetic symbols.
Habitat: This is the primary location where the cichlid is found and is a generalization. This does not mean a fish cannot be found in other habitats.
Diet: Many cichlids specialize in eating one type of food; notwithstanding, some of these specialized feeders are flexible and can be opportunistic feeders.
Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tankmates that are of a different species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to various factors, including aquarium size, tankmates of similar appearance, stocking levels, and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
Conspecific Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tank- mates of the same species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to such factors as aquarium size, stocking levels and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
Maximum Size: This is in regards to total length (including the tail) of typical aquarium specimens. Wild specimens may not attain this size, or may in fact grow larger than aquarium raised individuals due to various factors. Also consider that this is the typical maximum size and there are exceptional individuals that will exceed it.
This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all
This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding
1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.