This species is superficially similar to Neolamprologus sexfasciatus, but possesses one fewer body bar (five instead of six). Both are spectacular fish in their own right, particularly during their juvenile and subadult stages. Males may be larger than females, with darker fins.
Other common name
- Lamprologus tretocephalus
- Northern half of Lake Tanganyika (Neolamprologus sexfasciatus is found in the southern half).
- Around 5 Win (14cm).
- Aggressive toward its own species; only one pair should be kept.
- Livefoods preferred.
- Properly constructed backgrounds that reach almost to the water surface, with plenty of boltholes. Must be well lit. Well-filtered, medium-hard, alkaline water important. Temperature range: 73-79°F (23-26°C).
- Eggs are laid inside a cave and hatch after about 2 days.