Tanganyika Cichlids Shell Dwellers


How to set up an Tanganyikan Cichlid Tank – Shell Dwellers


Tanganyika Buffer - 2.2 lb.


Tanganyika Buffer – 2.2 lb.


$18.71


Tanganyika Buffer is a blend of carbonate salts used to enhance the natural environment for cichlids. This is done by increasing the hardness; buffer capacity; and the pH. It is formulated to maintain a pH of 9.2-9.4. Treats up to 6400 gallons of water.

Seven Stripe Frontosa - Cyphotilapia frontosa - Juvenile


Seven Stripe Frontosa – Cyphotilapia frontosa – Juvenile


$24.99


Cyphotilapia frontosa ; the closely related Cyphotilapia gibberosa and their variants are some of the most popular and largest of the Tanganyikan cichlids. They can grow up to a foot in length and are best kept in groups so a large tank is required into adulthood. They hunt smaller fish at night and should not be kept with very small fish; they are best kept in a species-only tank with others of their own kind (including their own regional variant to avoid crossbreeding). Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika can be divided into several main varieties. Some of the most popular are the shell-dwellers and torpedo-like bottom-dwellers from the genera Lamprologus ; Neolamprologus ; Altolamprologus and Julidochromis . These fish are very similar and the sceintific classification of some; especially the Neo/Alto/Lamprologus cichlids; have been reclassified often in recent years. Cichlids from the Cyprichromis and Paracyprichromis genera are open-water sardine-like fish usually found in schools in their native lake. Tropheus cichlids and the Frontosa’s from genus Cyphotilapia are popular large cichlids that seem beastly in comparison to the tiny Lamps and Julies. Other types of Tanganyikan cichlids in(more…)

Sunflower Cichlid - Neolamprologus helianthus


Sunflower Cichlid – Neolamprologus helianthus


$14.99


The Sunflower Cichlid ( Neolamprologus helianthus ) is a brilliant orange-gold fish with elongated finnage tipped in white. A dark brown streak extends horizontally back from each eye; joining with a vertical streak at the edge of the gill covers. It can be quite aggressive toward its tankmates; especially if its spawning time! Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika can be divided into several main varieties. Some of the most popular are the shell-dwellers and torpedo-like bottom-dwellers from the genera Lamprologus ; Neolamprologus ; Altolamprologus and Julidochromis . These fish are very similar and the sceintific classification of some; especially the Neo/Alto/Lamprologus cichlids; have been reclassified often in recent years. Cichlids from the Cyprichromis and Paracyprichromis genera are open-water sardine-like fish usually found in schools in their native lake. Tropheus cichlids and the �Frontosa’s� from genus Cyphotilapia are popular large cichlids that seem beastly in comparison to the tiny �Lamps� and �Julies�. Other types of Tanganyikan cichlids include goby-like bottom-dwellers and fish known to sift through mouthfuls of substrate. Many regional variants exist in these groups. The water chemistry in the African rift lakes is notoriously unique. Lake Tanganyika is particularly hard with a very high pH; although many fish that have been captive-bred may be acclimated to more moderate conditions similar to those in Lake Victoria or Lake Malawi. As many Tanganyikan cichlids are sensitive to water quality and changes in water quality; make sure conditions are stable. Decor for a Tanganyikan aquarium should provide rockwork for the cichlids to hide in and around and can be created using tufa rock or lava rock. As most species sift through the substrate; open areas should also be provided. Tanks housing open-water or larger species should be more sparsely decorated. The substrate for these aquariums should be fine and smooth-edged; whitish coral sand or black buffered substrate is popular. Wood tends to lower pH and is not usually recommended for African cichlid aquariums. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on African cichlids and many other topics!

Albino Princess of Burundi - Neolamprologus brichardi


Albino Princess of Burundi – Neolamprologus brichardi


$14.99


The Albino Princess of Burundi; Neolamprologus brichardi ; features a white body; and pale orange and iridescent markings on the face. Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika can be divided into several main varieties. Some of the most popular are the shell-dwellers and torpedo-like bottom-dwellers from the genera Lamprologus ; Neolamprologus ; Altolamprologus and Julidochromis . These fish are very similar and the sceintific classification of some; especially the Neo/Alto/Lamprologus cichlids; have been reclassified often in recent years. Cichlids from the Cyprichromis and Paracyprichromis genera are open-water sardine-like fish usually found in schools in their native lake. Tropheus cichlids and the �Frontosa’s� from genus Cyphotilapia are popular large cichlids that seem beastly in comparison to the tiny �Lamps� and �Julies�. Other types of Tanganyikan cichlids include goby-like bottom-dwellers and fish known to sift through mouthfuls of substrate. Many regional variants exist in these groups. The water chemistry in the African rift lakes is notoriously unique. Lake Tanganyika is particularly hard with a very high pH; although many fish that have been captive-bred may be acclimated to more moderate conditions similar to those in Lake Victoria or Lake Malawi. As many Tanganyikan cichlids are sensitive to water quality and changes in water quality; make sure conditions are stable. Decor for a Tanganyikan aquarium should provide rockwork for the cichlids to hide in and around and can be created using tufa rock or lava rock. As most species sift through the substrate; open areas should also be provided. Tanks housing open-water or larger species should be more sparsely decorated. The substrate for these aquariums should be fine and smooth-edged; whitish coral sand or black buffered substrate is popular. Wood tends to lower pH and is not usually recommended for African cichlid aquariums. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on African cichlids and many other topics!

Princess of Burundi - Neolamprologus brichardi


Princess of Burundi – Neolamprologus brichardi


$8.99


The Princess of Burundi; Neolamprologus brichardi ; features a dusky gray or tan colored body; and blue-violet markings on the face. Their elongated fins have fine white tips. Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika can be divided into several main varieties. Some of the most popular are the shell-dwellers and torpedo-like bottom-dwellers from the genera Lamprologus ; Neolamprologus ; Altolamprologus and Julidochromis . These fish are very similar and the sceintific classification of some; especially the Neo/Alto/Lamprologus cichlids; have been reclassified often in recent years. Cichlids from the Cyprichromis and Paracyprichromis genera are open-water sardine-like fish usually found in schools in their native lake. Tropheus cichlids and the �Frontosa’s� from genus Cyphotilapia are popular large cichlids that seem beastly in comparison to the tiny �Lamps� and �Julies�. Other types of Tanganyikan cichlids include goby-like bottom-dwellers and fish known to sift through mouthfuls of substrate. Many regional variants exist in these groups. The water chemistry in the African rift lakes is notoriously unique. Lake Tanganyika is particularly hard with a very high pH; although many fish that have been captive-bred may be acclimated to more moderate conditions similar to those in Lake Victoria or Lake Malawi. As many Tanganyikan cichlids are sensitive to water quality and changes in water quality; make sure conditions are stable. Decor for a Tanganyikan aquarium should provide rockwork for the cichlids to hide in and around and can be created using tufa rock or lava rock. As most species sift through the substrate; open areas should also be provided. Tanks housing open-water or larger species should be more sparsely decorated. The substrate for these aquariums should be fine and smooth-edged; whitish coral sand or black buffered substrate is popular. Wood tends to lower pH and is not usually recommended for African cichlid aquariums. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on African cichlids and many other topics!

Red Fin Caudopunk - Neolamprologus caudopunctatus - Juvenile


Red Fin Caudopunk – Neolamprologus caudopunctatus – Juvenile


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Neolamprologus caudopunctatus ; or the Caudopunk to cichlid afficionatos; has a silvery-beige colored body accented by a golden yellow dorsal fin. The eyes are usually iridescent blue. The ”Red Fin” Caudopunk does not actually have red fins; but rather golden yellow. They are native to the Zambian coast. Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika can be divided into several main varieties. Some of the most popular are the shell-dwellers and torpedo-like bottom-dwellers from the genera Lamprologus ; Neolamprologus ; Altolamprologus and Julidochromis . These fish are very similar and the sceintific classification of some; especially the Neo/Alto/Lamprologus cichlids; have been reclassified often in recent years. Cichlids from the Cyprichromis and Paracyprichromis genera are open-water sardine-like fish usually found in schools in their native lake. Tropheus cichlids and the �Frontosa’s� from genus Cyphotilapia are popular large cichlids that seem beastly in comparison to the tiny �Lamps� and �Julies�. Other types of Tanganyikan cichlids include goby-like bottom-dwellers and fish known to sift through mouthfuls of substrate. Many regional variants exist in these groups. The water chemistry in the African rift lakes is notoriously unique. Lake Tanganyika is particularly hard with a very high pH; although many fish that have been captive-bred may be acclimated to more moderate conditions similar to those in Lake Victoria or Lake Malawi. As many Tanganyikan cichlids are sensitive to water quality and changes in water quality; make sure conditions are stable. D�cor for a Tanganyikan aquarium should provide rockwork for the cichlids to hide in and around and can be created using tufa rock or lava rock. As most species sift through the substrate; open areas should also be provided. Tanks housing open-water or larger species should be more sparsely decorated. The substrate for these aquariums should be fine and smooth-edged; whitish coral sand or black buffered substrate is popular. Wood tends to lower pH and is not usually recommended for African cichlid aquariums. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on African cichlids and many other topics!

Raspberry Head - Callochromis pleurospilus


Raspberry Head – Callochromis pleurospilus


$19.99


Females of this strain and slender and silver but males develop a stunning multicolored body. The sides are pink and green with whitish fins; blue in the face and lips; and red in the dorsal and forehead. They are best kept with one male to several females with plenty of room to escape as males can become very territorial; especially while breeding. Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika can be divided into several main varieties. Some of the most popular are the shell-dwellers and torpedo-like bottom-dwellers from the genera Lamprologus ; Neolamprologus ; Altolamprologus and Julidochromis . These fish are very similar and the sceintific classification of some; especially the Neo/Alto/Lamprologus cichlids; have been reclassified often in recent years. Cichlids from the Cyprichromis and Paracyprichromis genera are open-water sardine-like fish usually found in schools in their native lake. Tropheus cichlids and the �Frontosa’s� from genus Cyphotilapia are popular large cichlids that seem beastly in comparison to the tiny �Lamps� and �Julies�. Other types of Tanganyikan cichlids include goby-like bottom-dwellers and fish known to sift through mouthfuls of substrate. Many regional variants exist in these groups. The water chemistry in the African rift lakes is notoriously unique. Lake Tanganyika is particularly hard with a very high pH; although many fish that have been captive-bred may be acclimated to more moderate conditions similar to those in Lake Victoria or Lake Malawi. As many Tanganyikan cichlids are sensitive to water quality and changes in water quality; make sure conditions are stable. D�cor for a Tanganyikan aquarium should provide rockwork for the cichlids to hide in and around and can be created using tufa rock or lava rock. As most species sift through the substrate; open areas should also be provided. Tanks housing open-water or larger species should be more sparsely decorated. The substrate for these aquariums should be fine and smooth-edged; whitish coral sand or black buffered substrate is popular. Wood tends to lower pH and is not usually recommended for African cichlid aquariums. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on African cichlids and many other topics!

Neolamprologus leleupi - Juvenile


Neolamprologus leleupi – Juvenile


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Neolamprologus leleupi are very popular Tanganyikans. They have a bold yellow to orange color and a torpedo-shaped body. It is fairly difficult to discern sexes as both males and females have the same coloration. Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika can be divided into several main varieties. Some of the most popular are the shell-dwellers and torpedo-like bottom-dwellers from the genera Lamprologus ; Neolamprologus ; Altolamprologus and Julidochromis . These fish are very similar and the sceintific classification of some; especially the Neo/Alto/Lamprologus cichlids; have been reclassified often in recent years. Cichlids from the Cyprichromis and Paracyprichromis genera are open-water sardine-like fish usually found in schools in their native lake. Tropheus cichlids and the �Frontosa’s� from genus Cyphotilapia are popular large cichlids that seem beastly in comparison to the tiny �Lamps� and �Julies�. Other types of Tanganyikan cichlids include goby-like bottom-dwellers and fish known to sift through mouthfuls of substrate. Many regional variants exist in these groups. The water chemistry in the African rift lakes is notoriously unique. Lake Tanganyika is particularly hard with a very high pH; although many fish that have been captive-bred may be acclimated to more moderate conditions similar to those in Lake Victoria or Lake Malawi. As many Tanganyikan cichlids are sensitive to water quality and changes in water quality; make sure conditions are stable. Decor for a Tanganyikan aquarium should provide rockwork for the cichlids to hide in and around and can be created using tufa rock or lava rock. As most species sift through the substrate; open areas should also be provided. Tanks housing open-water or larger species should be more sparsely decorated. The substrate for these aquariums should be fine and smooth-edged; whitish coral sand or black buffered substrate is popular. Wood tends to lower pH and is not usually recommended for African cichlid aquariums. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on African cichlids and many other topics!

Astatotilapia burtoni


Astatotilapia burtoni


$9.99


Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika can be divided into several main varieties. Some of the most popular are the shell-dwellers and torpedo-like bottom-dwellers from the genera Lamprologus ; Neolamprologus ; Altolamprologus and Julidochromis . These fish are very similar and the sceintific classification of some; especially the Neo/Alto/Lamprologus cichlids; have been reclassified often in recent years. Cichlids from the Cyprichromis and Paracyprichromis genera are open-water sardine-like fish usually found in schools in their native lake. Tropheus cichlids and the �Frontosa’s� from genus Cyphotilapia are popular large cichlids that seem beastly in comparison to the tiny �Lamps� and �Julies�. Other types of Tanganyikan cichlids include goby-like bottom-dwellers and fish known to sift through mouthfuls of substrate. Many regional variants exist in these groups. The water chemistry in the African rift lakes is notoriously unique. Lake Tanganyika is particularly hard with a very high pH; although many fish that have been captive-bred may be acclimated to more moderate conditions similar to those in Lake Victoria or Lake Malawi. As many Tanganyikan cichlids are sensitive to water quality and changes in water quality; make sure conditions are stable. Decor for a Tanganyikan aquarium should provide rockwork for the cichlids to hide in and around and can be created using tufa rock or lava rock. As most species sift through the substrate; open areas should also be provided. Tanks housing open-water or larger species should be more sparsely decorated. The substrate for these aquariums should be fine and smooth-edged; whitish coral sand or black buffered substrate is popular. Wood tends to lower pH and is not usually recommended for African cichlid aquariums. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on African cichlids and many other topics!

Tropheus sp. - Ikola Kaiser variant - Juvenile


Tropheus sp. – Ikola Kaiser variant – Juvenile


$29.99


Tropheus cichlids are one of the most popular groups of Tanganyikan cichlids with many geographical variations of the few individual species available; but they can be difficult for novice aquarists. These cichlids are almost exclusively herbivores and need a vegetation-heavy diet with frequent small feedings to avoid serious conditions like Bloat. They can also be very aggressive and should be housed in large groups; meaning a large aquarium to house them is preferable. Avoid keeping multiple varieties to avoid cross-breeding. Due to their specific diet and aggressively territorial temperament; it is best to keep a species-only tank with only Tropheus cichlids. The Ikola Kaiser variant of Tropheus has a black body with a wide bright yellow band from the belly to the dorsal fin. They come from the Ikola region on the central eastern coast of the lake; not to be confused with the Ikola North variant directly to the north of the Ikola region. Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika can be divided into several main varieties. Some of the most popular are the shell-dwellers and torpedo-like bottom-dwellers from the genera Lamprologus ; Neolamprologus ; Altolamprologus and Julidochromis . These fish are very similar and the sceintific classification of some; especially the Neo/Alto/Lamprologus cichlids; have been reclassified often in recent years. Cichlids from the Cyprichromis and Paracyprichromis genera are open-water sardine-like fish usually found in schools in their native lake. Tropheus cichlids and the �Frontosa’s� from genus Cyphotilapia are popular large cichlids that seem beastly in comparison to the tiny �Lamps� and �Julies�. Other types of Tanganyikan cichlids include goby-like bottom-dwellers and fish known to sift through mouthfuls of substrate. Many regional variants exist in these groups. The water chemistry in the African rift lakes is notoriously unique. Lake Tanganyika is particularly hard with a very high pH; although many fish that have been captive-bred may be acclimated to more moderate conditions similar to those in Lake Victoria or Lake Malawi. As many Tanganyikan cichlids are sensitive to water quality and changes in water quality; make sure conditions are stable. D�cor for a Tanganyikan aquarium should provide rockwork for the cichlids to hide in and around and can be created using tufa rock or lava rock. As most species sift through the substrate; open areas should also be provided. Tanks housing open-water or larger species should be more sparsely decorated. The substrate for these aquariums should be fine and smooth-edged; whitish coral sand or black buffered substrate is popular. Wood tends to lower pH and is not usually recommended for African cichlid aquariums. Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on African cichlids and many other topics!
Thomas Riggson posted at 2013-9-7 Category: Freshwater Aquarium

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