Gold Head Compressiceps Cichlid (Altolamprologus compressiceps), Tank-Bred!
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This majestic, impressive variant is sure to be the centerpiece of any Tanganyikan cichlid aquarium!
The Gold Head Compressiceps Cichlid (Altolamprologus compressiceps) is a very impressive cichlid that is native to Lake Tanganyika in Africa. This species is relatively long-lived and very rewarding to keep in the aquarium. It has become very popular in the aquarium hobby over the past several years, but is requires patience to propagate due to its slow growth rate and small spawn size. In the wild, this variant of its species is a substrate spawner. Overall coloration of this fish is white with tan and black striping that overshadows the white coloration with age, and mature adults develop striking gold coloration on the head.
The Gold Head Compressiceps Cichlid will thrive in an aquarium with areas of rockwork as well as plenty of open swimming space. This species is not exceptionally aggressive for a Tanganyikan cichlid, but it will defend its territory with vigor. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. Dwarf shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the Gold Head Compressiceps Cichlid. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether unless the aquarium is of considerable size with ample cover/decor.
Feeding is simple for the unfussy Gold Head Compressiceps Cichlid. High-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods will all be readily accepted. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration, so this species should not be fed dry foods exclusively. It will also benefit from some vegetable matter in its diet.
We are currently offering juvenile specimens of this magnificent fish!
What We Like About This Fish:
- Highly desired in the aquarium hobby
- Small size for a cichlid
- Possible to breed in the aquarium
- Compatible with many other species in a spacious tank
- Potential to be a "centerpiece" fish
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 76° - 82° F (24° - 28° C)
- pH: 7.6 - 8.6
- KH: 7 - 11 KH
- Minimum tank size: 30 gallons for a pair.
- Diet: Mostly carnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration. Some vegetable matter is optimal.
- Social behavior: Loosely social until sexual maturity. Breeding pairs are often aggressive to all other fish.
- Origin: Tank-Bred, but indigenous to Lake Tanganyika, Africa
- Average adult size: 4.5 - 6 inches (11.4 - 15.2 cm) for males. Females are smaller
- Average purchase size: 1.25 inch (3 cm)