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Teleogramma brichardi - Brichard's slender cichlidMagyarul / Hungarian
Teleogramma brichardi - Brichard's slender cichlidTeleogramma brichardi - Brichard's slender cichlidTeleogramma brichardi - Brichard's slender cichlidTeleogramma brichardi - Brichard's slender cichlid
  • Scientific name: Teleogramma brichardi
  • Common name: Brichard's slender cichlid
  • Group: Cichlids
  • Habitat: Africa; Congo
  • Size: 12 cm.
  • Biotope: In rapids in the lower reaches of the Zaire between Kinshasa and Matadi.
  • Social behavior: Territorial, and intolerant towards its species, the fish claim large territories. They form patriarch/matriarch families, and neither burrow nor harm plants.
  • Diet: Carnivorous; All types of live food (such as mosquito larvae and tubifex worms), also accepts flakes.
  • Breeding: Hard
  • Tank: Minimum 100 litres for a pair.
  • Population: 1 male and 2-3 females for 150 litres
  • Decoration: Needs a long, roomy tank since the fish claim large territories. Height is not important: 10 inches is sufficent. Add rocky formations with plenty of hiding places. Plants can be used to help define territories. They require well oxygenated water with plenty of current.
  • Temperature: 23-26°C
  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • Hardness: 7-11 NK°
  • Lifespan: 5-8 years

Description: Their rounded, long body shows how well the fish are adjusted to life in the rapids. Pelvic fins are close to the chest, the eyes are near the top of the head. The lateral line continues undivided to the caudal fin. Female has a broad, white edge to the dorsal and upper portion of the caudal fin. The edging is narrower on the female who has a broad red band during spawning. At that time it begins at the rear of the pectorals and extends to the anal fin. Non-breeding female's body becomes banded vertically in two shades of brownish-grey. The male is uniform grey.

For breeding use slightly acid, medium-hard water (pH 6.5, 7-10° dGH), at a temperature between 23-25 °C. A cave breeder, the female drives the male away once the eggs have been laid and fertilized. Sha lays 10-30 creamy-white eggs on the roof of the cave and guards her brood in the cave, while male guards the territory. The eggs should hatch in 3-4 days. Once the fry are free-swimming neither parents cares much about the fry and they quickly become aggressive towards each other, fighting for territories.