Limnochromis auritus from Lake Tanganyika

Limnochromis auritus

Limnochromis auritus. Photo by Ad Konings

Limnochromis auritus is widely dispersed throughout Lake Tanganyika and found at depths of up to 400 feet. L. auritus feeds primarily on invertebrates living in the fine sand. This species is a mouthbrooder, but one of the handful of species where both parents do the brooding. The females hold for about 10 days and then pass the developing fry to the male until they are ready to be released. Both parents then guard and hold the fry until they are old enough to be on their own.

Although Limnochromis auritus have been in the hobby for quite some time, the species has never really gained popularity. Commonly known as the Spangled cichlid, they can grow to over 6 inches. The species is not overly aggressive, but does need a soft, sandy substrate, and a good size tank. A diet high in protein is recommended. To discuss L. auritus visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.


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