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Gold Sexfasciatus Cichlid
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Gold Sexfasciatus Cichlid (Neolamprologus sexfasciatus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Water Conditions 72-82° F, KH 10-20, pH 7.8-9.0
Max. Size 6"
Origin Farm Raised
Family Cichlidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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Overview

The Gold Neolamprologus Sexfasciatus Cichlid originates from the rocky coastal waters of Southern Lake Tanganyika, Africa. This species is one of the larger of the dwarf African cichlids, and attains a maximum size of 6 inches. They have an elongated body shape, and are gold in color with many dark vertical bands. Their fins are outlined in an iridescent blue which adds to the appeal of these fish.

The Gold Neolamprologus Sexfasciatus Cichlid should be maintained in an aquarium of at least 50 gallons with other smaller Tanganyikan or Malawian cichlids. Incorporate plenty of rocks, shells and African driftwood in order to build caves. Provide a sandy bottom of aragonite to maintain the necessary high pH and alkalinity.

The Gold Neolamprologus Sexfasciatus Cichlid is a secretive cave spawner, and breeding is more difficult than most of the cichlids. This is a very slow growing species which may take a few years to reach sexual maturity. At that time, the males are typically larger than the females, attaining a size of about 6" compared to 5" with females. Provide a number of caves for the pair to choose from. Once an acceptable site is found, the female will lay her eggs within the cave, and the male will fertilize them. It is recommended to remove all other fish from the aquarium once breeding has taken place. These fish become aggressive during breeding time. Incubation occurs in 3 to 4 days. Feed the fry newly hatched brine shrimp and finely crushed flake food.

Their diet should contain meaty items such as blood worms, brine and mysis shrimp, carnivore flake and pellet foods.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"

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Customer Testimonials

Sandy NY
This was my favorite cichlid. Very outgoing and cute. Last night, my Red Peacock Cichlid (same size and also semi-agressive) beat it up, bitting off his tail. The Gold is trying to pull through, though not sure how successful it will be. I'm pretty upset about it.
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