Common Name(s)
Striped Goby Cichlid, Tanganyikan clown
Scientific Name
Eretmodus cyanostictus
Cichlidae; Subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Lake Tanganyika, Africa
Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size
3.2 inches
Minimum Tank Size
30 US gallons
Tank Setup
Provide a sandy substrate with lots of rocks and strong lighting to encourage algae growth on the rocks.
Tank Region
They are herbivorous and should be fed mainly vegetable matter such as Spirulina flakes or spinach. Avoid foods high in protein.
They are biparental mouthbrooders, meaning both parents will carry the brood. The female will usually prepare a spawning site and lay 1-2 eggs at a time, she will then pick up the eggs and the male will fertilize them. She will repeat the process until the male has fertilized 10-30 eggs. The female will carry the eggs for 10-12 days, until they hatch. She will then transfer the fry to the male and he will then carry them for an extra 7-14 days before releasing free-swimming fry.
Don't keep with boisterous species such as mbuna. They are territorial, and are best kept in a pair or singly.
Ease of Keeping
pH: 8.0-9.0, Temperature: 75-82 degrees Fahrenheit
They can live for 5-8 years.

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