Daffodil Princess Cichlid (Neolamprologus pulcher) CareSheet
The Daffodil Princess Cichlid (Neolamprologus pulcher), sometimes known as the Princess of Zambia Cichlid, is a tiny rock-dwelling cichlid found in Africa's Lake Tanganyika. In the aquarium hobby, it is quite popular. It spawns on rocks in the wild. This fish's overall colour is pink and yellow pastel tones. Males are usually bigger than females, with longer dorsal and caudal (tail) fin extensions.
The Daffodil Princess Cichlid thrives in an aquarium with caves formed by heaps 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 Daffodil Princess 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 Daffodil Princess Cichlid is a fuss-free feeder. Flake food
, freeze-dried food
, 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 colour. It is largely a carnivore, although it needs some vegetable materials in its diet as well.
Requirements for keeping Neolamprologus pulcher
Temperature: 73.4° - 81° F
pH: 8.0 - 9.0
KH: 9 - 25 dKH
Minimum tank size: 15 - 20 gallons for an adult pair, 55+ gallons for a group
Origin: Indigenous to Lake Tanganyika, Africa
Average adult size: 4 - 5 inches
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What is the natural habitat of Neolamprologus pulcher?
Neolamprologus pulcher is native to Lake Tanganyika in East Africa, where it primarily inhabits rocky shorelines and the interstitial spaces among rocks and crevices.
How large do Neolamprologus pulcher typically grow?
Neolamprologus pulcher is a small to medium-sized cichlid species, with adults reaching an average size of about 4 to 5 inches (10-12.5 cm) in length.
Can I keep Neolamprologus pulcher in a community aquarium?
Neolamprologus pulcher is generally peaceful and can be kept in a community aquarium with other Tanganyikan cichlid species that share similar water requirements and temperaments. However, they may become territorial during breeding.
What are the ideal water parameters for Neolamprologus pulcher?
To provide the best care for Neolamprologus pulcher, aim for water conditions that resemble their natural habitat:
- pH: 7.8 to 9.0
- Temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
- Water Hardness (GH): 10-20 dGH
What should I feed Neolamprologus pulcher?
Neolamprologus pulcher are omnivorous and can be fed a varied diet that includes high-quality cichlid pellets or flakes, live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, bloodworms, and small crustaceans. Offering a diverse diet is essential to meet their nutritional needs.
How do I set up the perfect aquarium for Neolamprologus pulcher?
Creating an ideal habitat for Neolamprologus pulcher involves the following steps:
- Use a sandy substrate to mimic their natural environment.
- Provide numerous rocky hiding places and crevices for shelter.
- Use rocks and decor to create territories and break lines of sight.
- Maintain proper filtration and perform regular water changes to ensure water quality.
Can Neolamprologus pulcher be kept in pairs or groups?
Neolamprologus pulcher can be kept in pairs or small groups, and they often form social structures in the wild. However, ensure the tank has ample hiding spots and territory to reduce potential aggression.
How can I differentiate between male and female Neolamprologus pulcher?
Males and females of Neolamprologus pulcher are typically similar in size and coloration, making it challenging to distinguish them based on external characteristics. Males may display slightly brighter colors during breeding.
What is the breeding behavior of Neolamprologus pulcher?
Neolamprologus pulcher 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 initially fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or crushed flakes.
Are there any common health issues that Neolamprologus pulcher are prone to?
Like all aquarium fish, Neolamprologus pulcher 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.