Altolamprologus species are easily distinguished from the related genus Neolamprologus – including Neolamprologus brichardi (the Fairy Cichlid) – by their deeper (i.e., higher, or “altum”) body and dorsal fin. These fin characteristics make Altolamprologus appear considerably more robust and predatory. Other Altolamprologus regularly available are: Altolamprologus compressiceps, 6 Am (16cm); and the much smaller Altolamprologus ‘Compressiceps Shell’ with a maximum length of 3in (8cm). Females of both species are smaller than the males.
- Lamprologus calvus
- Lake Tanganyika, between Kapampa (D. R. Congo) and Cape Chaitika (Zambia).
- Males 6in (15cm); females 4in (10cm).
- Should be kept with equally robust species. Has been reported to “steal” eggs from mouthbrooders. Intolerant of its own and other Altolamprologus species.
- Livefoods preferred.
- Well-lit and properly constructed backgrounds with numerous boltholes; at least one sandy area and one large snail shell or small cave for female.
- Water should be hard and alkaline (pH 7.5-9.5), and well filtered and oxygenated. Temperature range: 73-81F (23-27C).
- Eggs are laid in a cave or shell that should be too small for male to enter Female undertakes most brood-guarding responsibilities, with male predominantly responsible for guarding territory.