Princess of Burundi (Lamprologus brichardi, Neolamptologus brichardi) in natural habitat prefers to stay in the coastal zone of Lake Tanganyika. Representatives of this species belong to the family of cichlids. Princess Burudi has a long body, which is slightly compressed on the sides, a large head, mouth with thick lips.
Fluvic have an elongated shape, on the anal, dorsal and caudal fin there are rays.
Photo: Princess of Burundi
General body color is grayish-brown or yellowish-brown, each of the scales has a speck of brick color. If you look at the fish in a certain light, you can see the longitudinal stripes.
On the gills there is a black spot with a silver-blue edging, near the eye the spot is colored red-brown. The fins of the fish are transparent, the edging has a yellowish-green or light blue edging. Males are larger than females; before spawning, females lengthen ovipositories.
Fish reach sexual maturity in 8-10 months, and in artificial conditions they grow up to 8 centimeters.
Photo: Females of the Princess of Burundi are ready to spawn from the 8th month of life.
In general, the Princess of Burundi is a rather unpretentious fish, they are gregarious, therefore it is better to keep them in groups in a specific aquarium. A couple of individuals should account for 30 liters of water, the aquarium must be closed with a lid, because these fish are jumping enough.
Weekly you need to change up to a third of the water, install a filter in the aquarium, aeration, provide shelter for the fish and plant the plants (preferably in pots). It is preferable to feed with live food – moths, rotifers, daphnia, sometimes a pipe maker, the princess Burundi eats reluctantly.
Water temperature 24-25 degrees, pH 7.0-8.4, hardness can vary from 8 to 20.
Spawning of this species can occur right in the species aquarium. To stimulate this process, you need to increase the water temperature to 28 degrees. At one time, the female lays up to 200 eggs, with a diameter of up to 1 millimeter.
The incubation period lasts up to 3 days, and after a week the fry can swim and eat themselves (give them small artemia and rotifers).
Photo: Princess Burundi’s favorite food is live food: bloodworm, rotifer, and daphnia.
• These are peace-loving and schooling fish, which can show aggression only during spawning;
• An interesting fact is the existence of a strict hierarchy in the flock: the top position is occupied by the producers, followed by assistants, who take care of the offspring, and the third group – the young fry;
• The sex differences of fish are poorly expressed, males are larger than females, and peculiar braids can be seen at the ends of their fins.