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Neolamprologus brichardi - (Poll, 1974)

A good beginner's African cichlid from Lake Tanganyika. Giselle/Destination Tanganyika


The Brichardi is a sleek, elongate fish with stunning coloration and delicate fin filaments. It is one of the easiest of the Tanganyikan cichlids to keep and a good beginner’s African cichlid.

Family: Cichlidae

Other common name(s):

  • Brichard's Lyretail Cichlid
  • Fairy Cichlid
  • Princess of Burundi Cichlid

Native range:

Habitat: African cichlids love rocks, rocks and more rocks. In the wild, they inhabit caves in the lake or live in tunnels dug under rocks. A tank for the Brichardi must include a jumble of rocks to form caves and, because they need hard, alkaline water, a dolomite or coral-based gravel substrate.

Maximum length: 9 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (72 °F) - 26 °C (79 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom to midwater.


Carnivore. Picks at small crustaceans and invertebrates in the wild. In the aquarium, it will accept a wide variety of meaty prepared foods. Supplement with live and frozen foods, such as brine shrimp, mysid shrimp or Cyclops.

Aquarium Compatibility

This species should be kept in groups of at least three. It is highly territorial—for best results, keep larger tankmates and add before the cichlids.


Pair-forming cave spawner. In some cases, a male may spawn with more than one female. A compatible pair spawns regularly and the young will assist in the rearing of subsequent broods.


Rockwork must be firmly anchored as these fish are diggers that may topple rock structures, damaging the tank or themselves. Plants may be included, although they are subject to uprooting by the cichlids.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
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Text credit: KW