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Neolamprologus Caudopunctatus

Discussion in 'Cichlids - African' started by elisew, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. elisew

    elisew I don`t count sheep to get to sleep, I count fish

    Jul 1, 2010
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    Neolamprologus caudopunctatus:

    Common name/s – caudopunks or 'punks'

    Scientific name - Neolamprologus caudopunctatus

    Family - Cichlidae

    Origin - Lake Tanganyika, Africa, Zambian coast

    Maximum size - 9cm .

    Water Parameters - Hard water with a high range pH 7.5 - 8.5 , temperature 24 - 28 degrees

    Feeding - Frozen, dried and live foods all readily accepted.

    General - A dwarf cichlid from Lake Tanganyika (along the Zambian coast) that generally has blue eyes, a silvery/beige coloured body and a distinctive orange dorsal fin. The tail fin has ‘pearly’ spots which are visible when light shines on them.
    Active but peaceful, the caudopunctatus will swim around with the dorsal fin erect as though patrolling it`s territory. When excited stressed or annoyed this fish will display vertical dark stripes on it`s body.

    Sexing - The males will generally be slightly larger (9cm) than the females (6.5) and there may also be a presence of red colouring on the outer of the dorsal fin of the male.

    Breeding - The caudopunctatus mainly requires shells in which to spawn but will spawn in rocky areas if no shells are available to them. Once spawned the male can become aggressive towards tankmates and along with the female both parents will chase away any prospective predators from their territory.
    When ready for breeding the caudopunctatus will prepare a nest by creating a pile of sand and then digging a hole into the centre of the pile, the female will then attach her eggs to the side of a shell, rock or even a flowerpot if this has been made available within the tank.
    The female will then banish the male and she will then look after the eggs, fanning them with her pectoral fins.
    Numbers of broods can generally be between 30-60 young and hatching occurs after approx. 72hours.
    After 7-10 days the fry become free swimming and should then be fed on suitable foods such as; freshly hatched brine shrimp, daphnia and even Cyclops. Finely crushed flake is acceptable after approx. 2 weeks of growth.

    The N. caudopunctatus is a pleasant and peaceful addition to a Tanganyikan aquarium.

    This is a picture of my Neolamprologus caudopunctatus



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