The Cylinder Cichlid is a highly aggressive, solitary predator that is endemic to Lake Tanganyika; this species doesn’t tolerate others of their kind unless it is their mate. There are several different color variations based on location; mainly it’s a difference of their vertical bands (of which they all have ten) varying in shades of brown or being solid black; one color morph has electric-blue tips on all of its fins as well as an upturned, electric-blue arch-like marking under each eye; there is also another variant that has a gold hue head, but the color is lost once they mature.
The Cylinder Cichlid is a predatory carnivore and will feed on tiny invertebrates, plankton, and aquatic insects found among the rocks in their natural environment. In the aquarium their diet should consist of a variety of live, frozen, and freeze-dried bloodworms, daphnia, plankton, brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp, as well as vitamin-enriched and/or Spirulina-based flake foods and pellets. Feed what will be consumed in a few minutes, one to two times daily.
- Species – Neolamprologus cylindricus
- Common Name – Princess Cichlid, Fairy Cichlid, Brichardi
- Origin – Lake Tanganyika in Africa
- Diet – Carnivore
- PH Range – 7.8 – 9
- Temperature – Tropical 26°c – 27°c
- Breed Type – Egg Layer
- Maximum Size – approximately 12cm
- Sex – Un-sexed