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Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Lake Tanganyika lampeye
(Boulenger 1898)

Lamprichthys tanganicanus - Lake Tanganyika lampeye - This lampeye is one of the largest shoaling killifish
This lampeye is one of the largest shoaling killifish
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(Other members of the genus Lamprichthys)

ADULT SIZE: 6 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately hard and alkaline

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 24-28 C

FOOD: Feed Lamprichthys tanganicanus live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Lake Tanganyika

AQUARIUM CARE: This is one of Lake Tanganyikas non-cichlid species. It is a lampeye; a shoaling killifish, usually much smaller. They inhabit the upper levels of the aquarium, and are good jumpers.

BREEDING: Breeding takes place, like many lampeye species, by laying eggs in a crevice. In this case it is generally on the surface of rock structures, however it is easier to make an artificial crevice for them, so the eggs can be removed and reared seperately. A good crevice is made by placing terracotta plant pots inside each other, leaving a very small gap.

Have you bred Lamprichthys tanganicanus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Lamprichthys tanganicanus breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Vegetarian fish Some catfish have a largely vegetarian diet; feed them potato, lettuce, cucumber or blanched peas. Some of these will have to be weighted down, or held in place with a commercially available 'lettuce grip'. As with all fish, do not over feed; remove uneaten vegetable matter after a couple days


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