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lake Tanganyika



Neolamprologus caudopunctatus

Neolamprologus caudopunctatus


    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.

Quick stats:

    Listed tank sizes are the minimum.
    Size: Up to 2.76 in (7 cm)
    Tank: Min. 36 inches (at least 30 gallons for a small colony.)
    Strata: Will go everywhere but predominantly Bottom-middle.
    PH: 7.5 - 8.5
    Hardness: dH range: 15 - 18°
    Temperature: 72°F to 77°F (23°-25° C)


    Order: Perciformes
    Sub Order: Percoidei
    Family: Cichlidae
    Genera: Neolamprologus
    Species: caudopunctatus


Common name:

    Caudopunctatus, caudopunk, punk, Red Fin Caudopunk.
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    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 fin.

    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 as well.

Neolamprologus caudopunctatus Pictures, Images and Photos

    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.

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Please remember that the following comments are personal experiences and may or may not apply to your setup. Use them as guide to help better understand your fish, like us all individuals will behave differently under different circumstances.








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