Compressed Cichlid

Other Compressed Cichlid Names: Compressed Cichlid

Compressed Cichlid Scientific Name: Altolamprologus compressiceps, Lamprologus compressiceps, Neolamprologus compressiceps

Compressed Cichlid (Altolamprologus compressiceps))

Temperature Range: 72°F-78°F
pH Range: 7.2-8.4
Hardness Range: 5-15°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Tanganyika

Compressed Cichlid Adult Size: 6 inches (cm)

Compressed Cichlid Life Expectancy: 8 years

Compressed Cichlid Habitat: East African Lake Tanganyika

Compressed Cichlid Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons

Compressed Cichlid Temperament: Territorial and aggressive towards smaller species.

Compressed Cichlid Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - Feed with shrimp, frozen foods and small fish.

Compressed Cichlid Description: An elongated and laterally compressed cichlid. The back is arched and the dorsal fin is elongated. The large mouth faces the surface of the water. The body color is generally off-white to light brown, and the fins are beige. The body is marked with ten to 12 transverse bars. The body is spotted with small whitish markings. A dark black marking extends from the upper lip, through the eye, and back down to the bottom of the gill cover. The anal and dorsal fin have a darker edging.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other Tanganyikan african cichlids

Compressed Cichlid Breeding & Spawning: The Compressed Cichlid, Compressiceps, or Lamp Compressiceps are egg layers. They are sheltered substrate spawners. The female will pick a crevice too small for the male to enter to lay her eggs. The male will lie over the opening and release his sperm to fertilize the eggs. The female will lay more than 300 eggs.

Determining Compressed Cichlid Sex: Males are usually significantly larger in established pairs. Mature males will also appear deeper bodied with more elongated finnage. These differences are not apparent in juveniles.

Aquarium Region: All over

Compressed Cichlid Diseases: None specific to species.

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