Profile Of Tanganyika Clown: How To Care Eretmodus Cyanostictus

Eretmodus cyanostictus (42866 bytes)

Eretmodus cyanostictus from Burundi pictured.

  • Common Names: Goby Cichlid
  • Locations Collected From: Has a wide distribution throughout the lake.  The Eretmodus cyanostictus from Burundi and surrounding areas have very few blue dots and have more of a barring pattern than the Eretmodus cyanostictus found in the Southern part of the lake.  The populations from Zambia and surrounding areas have blue dots on the head and upper body.
  • Approximate Size: 2 – 3 inches with females slightly smaller.
  • Food: Not picky. Will eat a wide variety of foods everything from flake to frozen foods to live foods(brine shrimp and mosquito larvae).   Mine have also eaten Java Moss and will scrape the algae off of the side of the tank.
  • Water Conditions: Likes temperatures between 75 –  80 degrees F and pH between 7.5 and 9+.
  • Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder.  They like to have rocks to perch themselves on and wait for food to float by.  My males would chase the females almost continuously unless there were a lot of rocks to hide in.   This is one of the few species where the male will hold the eggs.  When my pair spawned the female held the eggs for 8 – 10 days and then she transferred the eggs to the male who held them for another 7 – 9 days.
  • Tankmates: I have kept mine with Aulonocara sp. Flavescent “Blue Dorsal”, Labidochromis caeruleus, Labidochromis sp. Hongi, Enantiopus melanogenys, Altolamprologus calvus, Altolamprologus compressiceps, Neolamprologus brevis, Haplochromis sp. Blue Fire Fins, Haplochromis sp. Ruby Green, Neolamprologus pulcher “Daffodil”, and Synodontis petricola without problems.   Should do well with most Tanganyikan species.

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