Teleogramma brichardi from the Congo River

Teleogramma brichardi

Teleogramma brichardi. Photo by Dave Hansen

Teleogramma brichardi is found in the rapids near Kinsuka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The fast moving waters of the Congo River lead to some unusual evolutionary traits in fish. T. brichardi, like other rheophilic fish, developed a streamlined body to cope with strong river currents. Their swimbladder is also much smaller than comparably sized fish since they “skip” along the bottom as opposed to swimming.

Teleogramma brichardi

Teleogramma brichardi. Photo by Dave Hansen.

T. brichardi has been in the hobby for many years. However, a combination of few exports for the region and the difficulty of breeding them in captivity still makes them a rare sight. If you have the opportunity to obtain a group of these unusual cichlids, definitely consider giving them their own tank. Requirements for keeping Teleogramma brichardi are different than other cichlids. Make sure you read Dave Hansen’s Setting up a Rheophilic Tank article. For more information on the origins and spawning of T. brichardi, take a look at Mary Bailey’s article on the species at Cichlid Room Companion

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