Neolamprologus hecqui – Group of 5 Fish

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A medium sized and robust shell-dwelling species of cichlids found in Africa’s Lake Tanganyika, N. hecqui or Hecq’s Lamprologus makes for a unique display fish due to their vivid pattern and bold, fascinating behavior. In the wild, these cichlids inhabit dense fields of empty snail shells at the bottom of the lake, where each fish will stake a territory in an individual shell and defend it from others. In the aquarium, they are hardy and adaptable but prefer alkaline water and should be provided with shells or similar structure for them to establish territories in. One of the more territorial species of shell dwelling cichlids, they should be given ample space and may bully smaller tankmates.



Neolamprologus hecqui – Group of 5 Fish

Origin: Aquaculture Asia
Diet: Omnivore and micropredator, will readily accept most small frozen or prepared foods
Adult Size: 3″
Recommended Tank Size: 20+ gallons
Compatibility: Territorial around its shell, this is one of the more aggressive shell dwellers

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          7.5 – 8.5
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm