Blue Neon In Your Fish Tank: Basic Facts About Paracyprichromis Nigripinnis


Paracyprichromis nigripinnis

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Paracyprichromis nigripinnis male pictured.

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  • Common Name: Blue Neon
  • Locations Collected From: Found through out the lake.
  • Approximate Size: about 4 inches.
  • Food: Eats flake food, daphnia, brine shrimp, mosquito larvae I never tried pellet foods. They didn’t eat the live foods as well as they did the flake foods.
  • Water Conditions: pH of 8.0 – 9+ and temperatures between 75 – 78 degrees F.  Very ammonia sensitive needs stable water conditions to survive.
  • Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder.  Males chase the females slightly around spawning time.  They have very small spawns.  The smallest spawn I have gotten is 3 fry, and the largest spawn was 7 fry.  Likes caves to hide in.  The blue stripes stand out more in the males around spawning time.   Multiple males can be housed in the same tank depending on tank size. 
  • Tankmates: I’ve kept mine with juvenile Cyathopharynx furcifer (1 – 3.5 inch), Lamprologus brevis and rainbow fish.

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