Altolamprologus calvus

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Just found a lfs(one hour away) that stocks these fish.


I would love to keep some, but don't know anything about them. What size tank, and what tank mates? Suggestions on water parameters. Any info would be great.
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DRACO replied the topic: Altolamprologus calvus

you may want to surf at bassetman's posts...
he have lots of fish like that..
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sdraiders619 replied the topic: Altolamprologus calvus

I believe they're from taganika (spelling?) and they are the slowest growing fish in the world lol not really but pretty damn close...they like a ton of caves, and the males usually turn a darker color, I use to own one when I went through my African phase, they like high pH and males are pretty aggressive towards other males
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ehall67 replied the topic: Altolamprologus calvus

yep Tom has them.. Beautiful fish! knows a Ton about them.. shoot bassetman a PM with everything you want to know

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bassetman replied the topic: Altolamprologus calvus

You could put 2-3 males and 3-4 females in a 55 . Lots of rocks and caves more is better. They are a little aggressive but also tough as nails, males will spar a bit but very rarely do any damage. They can form pairs or breed harem style. Females will be much smaller than males. 18 months to 2 years to get 2 4" or so they max out at 5-6" for a big male. Females lay eggs on a cave wall 22-27 days to fry, do not hope for good fry survival without serious efforts. Tank raised fish will take any ph if acclimated. Wild fish are fond of 8.5 ph and even higher. Fish will show good color only in very hard high ph water....use seachem tanganyika buffer and cichlid lake salt if you want to breed. Males will be quite nippy to your hands if a female is in the cave and they can draw blood males have impressive teeth. Fun fish to watch the do really well with a few cyprichromis as dithers or they may hide a lot. Anything under an inch long will be eaten by them, they are a natural fry predictor and are very good at it. The head shape allows them to get into cracks and suck out hidden prey.

Word of caution. If you remove ANY rocks or deco from the tank putti in a bucket of tank water for awhile. These guys get into holes and cracks when scared and hide very well. Assume all deco has a fish hiding in it.

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robham7770 replied the topic: Altolamprologus calvus

Great info Tom, and fantastic photos. I really like the cyprichromis suggestion(had to google that), they a nice looking fish themselves. How many of the dithers would you suggest? If I can't find these guys once I have a tank ready, is there an online seller that you reccomend? I never even really look at the African tanks, until I saw pics of yours a while back. Thanks for the help.
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bassetman replied the topic: Altolamprologus calvus

Cyps like to be in schools more is better but 6 or so is ok. Very little bio load and they will get every scrap of food out of the tank each feeding. Jumbo cyps get to 5" or so. Non jumbo less than 4.5" . They are easy to keep , nonagressive to other fish and very pretty.


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