Scientific name: Neolamprologus hecqui Common name: Hecq’s shell-dweller Family: Cichlidae Usual size in fish tanks: 8 - 9 cm (3.15 - 3.54 inch) 0 14 Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8.4 Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 28°N (142.86 - 500ppm) 0°C 32°F 30°C 86°F Recommended temperature: 22 - 27 °C (71.6 - 80.6°F) The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning Where the species comes from: Africa Temperament to its own species: peaceful Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels Food and feeding Hecq’s shell-dwellers will accept quality flake or pellets but these should not make up their staple diet. Offer on a regular basis meals of live or frozen foods. Origin Africa; Hecq’s shell-dwellers are endemic to Lake Tanganyika. Sexing Mature males are larger than the females, observing the swimming pattern will help as the males will display to the females. Breeding Neolamprologus hecqui are shell brooders so add plenty of large snail shells to the tank to provide spawning sites. Add 3-4 females to one male as they are harem breeders and the male will try to breed with all the females. When spawning is complete the eggs should hatch after 3 days and a few days after this the fry should be free swimming. At this stage the fry should be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or micro worms. Lifespan The expected life span for Neolamprologus hecqui is 5 years. Short description Hecq’s shell-dwellers like to dig in the substrate so use sand which should be at least 2” deep. Always add more shells to the tank than fish and add rockwork to create hiding places. Picture Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.