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Scientific Name: Neolamprologus furcifer (Mpimbwe)
Pronunciation: n
s f
Geo. Origin: Mpimbwe, Tanzania
Habitat: Shallow Precipitous Rocky Habitat
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Monomorphic
Breeding: Substrate Spawner
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 6"
Temperature: 77 - 79°F
pH: 8.6
Water Hardness: Very Hard
Difficulty: 3


Wild adult

Wild adult
Photo Credit: Eric Glab


The N. furcifer is an interesting fish, that will be seen swimming as much in irregular positions as it is upright. Often you'll see them peaking out of caves, swimming upside down, with their bellies to the top rock. They are solitary in the wild, and males are usually very intolerant of each other. This fish is known for often having weak pair bonds in the aquarium, and can be a challenge to breed. It dines on crustaceans and insect larvae in the wild, as such supplementing a flake would be mysis shrimp, krill, mosquito larvae and artemia (brine) shrimp.
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