Scientific name: Neolamprologus helianthus Common name: N/A Family: Cichlidae Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 6 cm (1.97 - 2.36 inch) 0 14 Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8 Recommended water hardness (dGH): 7 - 25°N (125 - 446.43ppm) 0°C 32°F 30°C 86°F Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 78.8°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: Middle levels Food and feeding In the wild Neolamprologus helianthus are algae grazers so their diet should reflect this. For the staple diet, supply them with spirulina flake, cichlid pellets and algae based flakes. They will also require treats of brine shrimp at least twice a week. Origin Africa; Neolamprologus helianthus are found in Lake Tanganyika. Sexing Males will grow larger than the females; there are no other visible differences. Breeding Place the breeding pair in a tank with shells and small caves to act as spawning sites. Add some rocks in a small pile and use a sand substrate. The female will start to hide in the rock pile or cave, whichever she prefers and will spawn out of sight of all everyone. She will hide the fry for quite a while as they develop, to keep them fed, squirt some newly hatched brine shrimp into the spawning site. Lifespan The expected life span for Neolamprologus helianthus is 5-8 years. Short description This species of fish is aggressive; only keep it with other species that can handle them selves. Add rock work to the tank and use sand as a substrate, the water needs to be medium to high hardness. Picture Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.