Common Name(s)
Neon Stripe
Scientific Name
Ophthalmotilapia boops
Family
Cichlidae
Origin
Lake Tanganyika, Africa
Temperament
Aggressive
Maximum Size
6 inches
Minimum Tank Size
45 gallons
Tank Setup
Provide a sandy substrate and arrange rocks to form caves.
Tank Region
Middle
Diet
They will accept most foods, but foods high in protein should be avoided. Make sure the fish gets some vegetable matter such as spirulina or blanched spinach.
Breeding
They are maternal mouthbrooders. The males are aggressive during spawning, so they should be spawned in a harem. The female will carry the brood of around 60 eggs for 3 weeks before releasing free swimming fry.
Compatibility
They should be the dominant species in the tank. Only house with peaceful species. A harem of several females should be kept with the male. It is not reccomended to keep multiple males together unless you have a very large tank.
Ease of Keeping
Challenging
Care
pH: 7.5-9.0, Temperature: 73-81 degrees Fahrenheit
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By Boulenger, George Albert, 1858-1937 - https://archive.org/stream/catalogueoffresh03brit#page/60/mode/thumbCatalogue of the fresh-water fishes of Africa in the British Museum (Natural History) , Volume 3, 1915, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52608854
They can live for 5-8 years.