Other 5-Bar Cichlid Names:
5-Bar Cichlid, Tret
5-Bar Cichlid Scientific Name:
Neolamprologus tretocephalus, Lamprologus tretocephalus
5-Bar Cichlid Temperament:
Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Tanganyika
5-Bar Cichlid Adult Size: 8 inches (cm)
5-Bar Cichlid Life Expectancy: 8 years
5-Bar Cichlid Habitat: African Lake Tanganyika
5-Bar Cichlid Minimum Tank Size:
Territorial, but less aggressive than other african cichlids.
5-Bar Cichlid Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - Does well with flake and frozen brine
5-Bar Cichlid Description:
A good fish to keep the Tret as it is commonly known as is an african cichlid that is a bit less agressive than most cichlids and is an ideal candidate to keep with other fish...so long as they are larger than its considerably sized mouth. Trets are fairly popular in the hobby due to their similarity to Frontosa. However, this fish remains at a much smaller size than that one.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other african cichlids from lake Tanganyika.
5-Bar Cichlid Breeding & Spawning:
A mixed bag here. Trets will breed prolifically creating hundreds of fry each year. On the other hand getting the fish to breed can be a difficult process, especially if one starts with more mature fish. This fish definitely fits into the category of "it's hard to get them to breed and even harder to get them to stop." The key to getting the fish to breed is getting a group of them when they are small. They will pick out mates as they grow and generally will not need much peruasion to breed. The adults will likley use a slate, clay pot, or other smooth section of a cave to lay their eggs. The young will hatch in 2-3 days and will be protected by the parents for several weeks. During this period the Tret is notably much more aggressive towards other fish in the tank and care should be taken to ensure that tankmates are not killed.
Determining 5-Bar Cichlid Sex:
Females tend to be less vibrant than males with bigger heads and smaller bodies.
5-Bar Cichlid Diseases:
None specific to species
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