Neolamprologus sexfasciatus “Gold” pictured.
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- Location collected from: Lake-wide distribution. Each location has a different coloration ranging from an all gold coloration to an all blue coloration.
- Approximate Size: 6 – 6.5 inches
- Food: Not a picky eater. Will eat flake, brine shrimp, daphnia, mosquito larvae, and pellet food. Will also eat small fish.
- Water Conditions: A pH between 7.8 – 9+ and a temperature between 74 and 78 degrees are needed.
- Breeding Behavior: Egglayer. Once a pair forms it is recommended to remove every other fish but the pair from the tank. Breeding pairs of Neolamprologus sexfasciatus get very aggressive and have been known to take over tanks as large as 600 gallons. Spawn sizes can get up to around 1000 fry per spawn.
- Tankmates: I have kept juvenile Neolamprologus sexfasciatus(1 – 4 inch) in with juvenile Cyphotilapia frontosa (1 – 4.5 inch) without problems. Again once a pair forms it is best to remove any other fish from the tank. You can distinguish between Neolamprologus sexfasciatus and Neolamprologus tretocephalus by counting the number of bars under the dorsal fin. The sexfasciatus has 4 bars under the dorsal, and the tretocephalus has 3 bars under the dorsal fin.