Gold Head Compressiceps Cichlid (Altolamprologus compressiceps) CareSheet
Compressiceps Gold Head The cichlid (Altolamprologus compressiceps) is a large cichlid endemic to Africa's Lake Tanganyika. This species has a lengthy life span and is a joy to have in the aquarium. It has grown in popularity in the aquarium hobby over the last several years, but because to its sluggish growth rate and tiny spawn size, propagation takes patience. This species' variation is a substrate spawner in the wild. This fish's overall color is white with tan and black striping that gradually overshadows the white hue as it ages, and mature individuals have a stunning gold coloration on the head. Compare with Altolamprologus calvus
another impressive cichlid that is native to Lake Tanganyika.
The Gold Head Compressiceps Cichlid will flourish in an aquarium with lots of open swimming room and rockwork. Although this species is not very aggressive for a Tanganyikan cichlid, it will vigorously protect its area. During spawning, territoriality is usually at its height. The Gold Head Compressiceps Cichlid should not be housed with dwarf shrimp or other tiny, sensitive invertebrates. If spawning is desired, other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided entirely unless the aquarium is large enough with enough of cover and decoration.
The uncomplicated Gold Head Compressiceps Cichlid is easy to feed. Dry, frozen, and live meaty items of high quality will all be welcomed. This species should not be fed dry items entirely since quality and diversity are the keys to a diet that will guarantee that it maintains maximum health and color. It will also benefit from a diet rich in vegetable matter
Requirements for keeping Altolamprologus compressiceps
Temperature: 76° - 82° F
pH: 7.6 - 8.6
KH: 7 - 11 KH
Minimum tank size: 30 gallons for a pair
Origin: Indigenous to Lake Tanganyika, Africa
Average adult size: 4.5 - 6 inches for males. Females are smaller.