Cylinder Cichlid (Neolamprologus cylindricus) CareSheet
Even as a young juvenile, this tiny cichlid is distinctively patterned and incredibly active!
The Cylinder Cichlid (Neolamprologus cylindricus) is a tiny, active rock-dwelling cichlid endemic to Africa's Lake Tanganyika's southern coastline sections. In the aquarium hobby, it is quite popular. It spawns on rocks in the wild. It has vivid blue finnage and a barred body pattern.
The Cylinder Cichlid will flourish in an aquarium with caverns created by mounds of rocks. The optimum substrate for this species is sand. Mature fish will often claim and defend a small area in the vicinity of their rock piles and caves. Because this cichlid prefers the middle and higher levels of the water column, it may frequently be housed (in a large tank) alongside Tanganyikan shell-eating species that prefer the lower levels. This species is modest in size, yet it is very territorial when it comes to its own kind and related fish. During spawning, territoriality is usually at its height. The Cylinder 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 aquascaping.
The uncomplicated Cylinder Cichlid is easy to feed. Mostly carnivorous accepting a variety of high-quality dry, frozen, freeze dried plankton
and live meaty foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration. Some vegi flake food
products is also necessary and enjoyed. 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 is largely a carnivore, although it needs some vegetable materials in its diet as well.
Requirements for keeping Neolamprologus cylindricus
Temperature: 77° - 82° F
pH: 7.5 - 9.0
KH: 9 - 25 dKH
Minimum tank size: 20 gallons for an adult pair, 55+ gallons for a group
Origin: Indigenous to Lake Tanganyika, Africa
Average adult size: 5 inches
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What is the natural habitat of Neolamprologus cylindricus?
Neolamprologus cylindricus is native to Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. They inhabit rocky shorelines and crevices, where they seek shelter among the rocky structures and sand substrate.
How large do Neolamprologus cylindricus typically grow?
Neolamprologus cylindricus is a small cichlid species, with adults reaching an average size of about 3 to 4 inches (7.5-10 cm) in length.
Can I keep Neolamprologus cylindricus in a community aquarium?
While Neolamprologus cylindricus is relatively peaceful for a Tanganyikan cichlid, they can be territorial, especially when breeding. It's best to keep them in a species-specific tank or with other Tanganyikan cichlid species that share similar water requirements and temperaments.
What are the ideal water parameters for Neolamprologus cylindricus?
Neolamprologus cylindricus thrives in water conditions that mimic their natural habitat. Aim for a pH level between 7.8 and 9.0, a water temperature of 75-82°F (24-28°C), and maintain moderate to high water hardness (10-20 dGH).
What should I feed Neolamprologus cylindricus?
Neolamprologus cylindricus are omnivorous and can be fed a diet that includes high-quality cichlid pellets or flakes, live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, bloodworms, and small crustaceans. Offering a varied diet is essential to meet their nutritional needs.
How do I set up the perfect aquarium for Neolamprologus cylindricus?
Creating an ideal habitat for Neolamprologus cylindricus involves using a sandy substrate, plenty of rocky hiding places, and crevices for shelter. Adequate filtration and regular water changes are crucial for maintaining water quality.
Can Neolamprologus cylindricus be kept in pairs or groups?
Neolamprologus cylindricus can be kept in pairs or small groups, but they may become territorial during breeding. Providing ample hiding spots and territory can help reduce aggression in a group setup.
How can I tell the difference between male and female Neolamprologus cylindricus?
In Neolamprologus cylindricus, males are typically larger and may display more extended fin extensions and brighter colors, especially during breeding. Females are generally smaller and less colorful.
What is the breeding behavior of Neolamprologus cylindricus?
Neolamprologus cylindricus is a substrate-spawning cichlid. The female lays her eggs in a carefully prepared cavity or crevice, and the male guards and protects the eggs until they hatch. The fry are guarded by both parents and can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or crushed flakes.
Are there any common health issues that Neolamprologus cylindricus are prone to?
Like all aquarium fish, Neolamprologus cylindricus can be susceptible to common diseases such as ich (white spot disease) and bacterial infections. Maintaining optimal water quality, providing a balanced diet, and quarantining new fish before introducing them to an established tank can help prevent health issues.