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Fairly easy to keep and breed, they must be kept in a Tanganyikan set
up. They seem to enjoy parading around the front of their tank, fins
out, gills puffed, looking beautiful.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum.
||Up to 2.76 in (7 cm)
||Min. 36 inches (at least 30 gallons for a small colony.)
||Will go everywhere but predominantly Bottom-middle.
||7.5 - 8.5
||dH range: 15 - 18°
||72°F to 77°F (23°-25° C)
Caudopunctatus, caudopunk, punk, Red Fin Caudopunk.
Africa: Lake Tanganyika, found along the entire Zambian shoreline.
This dwarf Lake Tanganyikan cichlid has beautiful yellow dorsal fins,
iridescent sides and blue eyes. Males will have a red tinge to the dorsal
Like all true Tanganyikan set ups the tank should be decorated with
a crushed coral or similar substrate and contain lot of rocks that form
caves and crevices. The rocks must be firmly anchored as these fish
will dig a lot and can disrupt the aquascape and possibly hurt themselves
or the aquarium. Provide open areas for swimming. Plants can be used
and will not be eaten but should be placed carefully as their digging
will continually uproot them. 4-6 individuals can be kept in 20-25 gallon
tank. Caudopunks are mildly aggressive to other fish as well as con-specifics. Forms a protecting and warning group of sexually inactive individuals around the breeding community.
Good filtration is a must and frequent partial water changes are a necessity
Feeding is not a problem as they will accept all types of flake and
frozen food, in nature they eat small animals.
Caves along the rocky bottom, found along the entire Zambian shoreline. Hovers above the substrate to feed on zooplankton.
In nature, the Neolamprologus caudopunctatus is a cave spawner, but
it also breed in shells. When spawning begins, the female will begin
to remove gravel from the spawning site. Needs sand to build its nest. These fish are known to be
very secretive while spawning. When the female no longer allows the
male in the spawning site, spawning is completed. Hatching takes 3 days.
The fry (about 40-50) became free swimming after 5- 6 days later. The
fry are very small and feeding baby brine shrimp is a necessity.