Rare Species For Your Aquarium: How To Care Chalinochromis Brichardi

Chalinochromis brichardi

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Chalinochromis brichardi pictured.

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  • Locations collected from: Is found throughout the lake.
  • Approximate Size: about 4 inches
  • Food: Not really picky.  Will eat flake food, brine shrimp, daphnia, and spirulina.  I have not tried pellet foods and they were not really interested in the mosquito larvae I gave them.
  • Water Conditions: They like a temperature between 75 and 80 degrees, and a pH between 8.2 and 9+.
  • Breeding Behavior: Egglayer.  They like to spawn in a cave or on the side of a rock. Once they pair off, it is best to remove the other fish from the tank in order to minimize aggression.
  • Tankmates: I had 4 juveniles (1.5 – 2.5 inches) in with adult Lamprologus brevis, Altolamprologus compressiceps, Neolamprologus pulcher “Daffodil”, Eretmodus cyanostictus, 1 Psuedotropheus demasoni, and Labidochromis sp. Hongi until I got a pair, I then had to remove the other fish from the tank. The pair took over 80% of the tank for their territory and kept everything else pinned in a corner.   I put the other 2 Chalinochromis brichardi into a tank with Neochromis rufocaudalis (formerly known as nigricans) and Labidochromis sp. Hongi.  I have seen adult Chalinochromis brichardi kept in with juvenile (4 – 5 inch) Cyphotilapia frontosa, Julidochromis marlieri, Neolamprologus leleupi Tropheus moorii “Orange Flame” and Iodotropheus sprengerae(Rusty).    

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