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Altolamprologus calvus
Altolamprologus compressiceps

Benthochromis tricoti

Callochromis macrops
Callochromis melanostigma
Callochromis pleurospilus

Chalinochromis brichardi
Chalinochromis popelini

Ctenochromis horei

Cyathopharynx foae
Cyathopharynx furcifer

Cyphotilapia frontosa

Cyprichromis leptosoma
Cyprichromis sp. "leptosoma jumbo speckleback rainbow"
Cyprichromis microlepidotus

Enantiopus melanogenys

Eretmodus cyanostictus
Eretmodus sp. "cyanostictus full bar"

Gnathochromis permaxillaris

Julidochromis dickfeldi
Julidochromis marlieri
Julidochromis ornatus
Julidochromis regani
Julidochromis transcriptus

<Lamprologus> brevis
<Lamprologus> calliurus
<Lamprologus> caudopunctatus
<Lamprologus> multifasciatus
<Lamprologus> ocellatus
<Lamprologus> similis
<Lamprologus> speciosus
<Lamprologus> stappersi

Lepidiolamprologus hecqui
Lepidiolamprologus elongatus
Lepidiolamprologus meeli

Neolamprologus brichardi
Neolamprologus buescheri
Neolamprologus crassus
Neolamprologus cylindricus
Neolamprologus falcicula
Neolamprologus kungweensis
Neolamprologus leleupi
Neolamprologus marunguensis
Neolamprologus nigriventris
Neolamprologus pulcher
Neolamprologus savoryi
Neolamprologus sexfasciatus
Neolamprologus signatus
Neolamprologus tetracanthus
Neolamprologus tretocephalus

Ophthalmotilapia nasuta
Ophthalmotilapia ventralis

Paracyprichromis nigripinnis


Tanganicodus irsacae

Telmatochromis vittatus

Triglachromis otostigma

Tropheus annectens
Tropheus sp."black"
Tropheus brichardi
Tropheus duboisi
Tropheus sp."ikola"
Tropheus moorii
Tropheus sp."red"

Variabilichromis moorii

Xenotilapia flavipinnis
Xenotilapia ochrogenys
Xenotilapia sp. "papilio sunflower"
Xenotilapia spilopterus

Non cichlids
Aethiomastacembelus ellipsifer
Brycinus sp."tiger"
Synodontis multipunctatus
Synodontis petricola

Lake Tanganyika map




Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is the seventh biggest lake among all lakes around the world, with an area of about 34 000 km². The lake is 650 km long and about 60 km broad at the broadest part. The maximum depth is about 1470 metres, which ranks it as the second deepest lake of the world. The Lake is bordered by Burundi, Democratic rep. Congo, Zambia and Tanzania.
This great lake belongs to the african great rift lakes, and it's one of the oldest lakes known. Under the very long period of time that the lake has been isolated from the other african lakes, there had been developed more than 200 different species of cichlids that are endemic in the Lake Tanganyika. The species are specialized to exist in the many different habitats in the lake, many species have developed very interesting breeding behaviours.
Tanganyika cichlids are among the most beautiful and interesting fishes that could be kept in an aquarium.

<Lamprologus> stappersi
Photo © Michael Persson
An example of a cichlid with an interesting breeding behaviour is <Lamprologus> stappersi which spawns in empty shells from the Neothauma-snail.

Short facts about Lake Tanganyika

Watertemp. of the surface: 24-27.5 ºC
pH: 8.8-9.3
Conductivity: 550-600 µS
Length: 650 km
Area: 34 000km²
Maximum depth: 1470m

Photo © Michael Persson
Aquarium with tanganyika cichlids.

Photo © Michael Persson
Cyathopharynx foae, a beautiful sanddwelling cichlid with an interesting breeding behaviour.
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