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Sharptooth Cichlid
Sharptooth Cichlid

Scientific Name: Lamprologus cylindricus

Origin: Lake Tanganyika

Family: Cichlidae

Other Names: Neolamprologus cylindricus, Cylinder Cichlid

Technical Info

Temperature: 27 - 29 ℃

pH: 7.8 - 8.2

GH: 20 - 24

Max size: 10 cm

Min Tank size: 100 Ltr

Position in Aqua: Bottom swimmer



This fish is rather aggressive to species of their own kind. You should keep them as a pair. The aquarium should be set up with a substrate of fine gravel and a lot of rocks that form caves and crevices. Some plants can be used for decoration as well.



They are omnivorous but they prefer powerful live food such as crustaceans and mosquito larvae. Dry food is accepted as well.



Breeding is rather easy. Up to 200 eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave. The female guards the cave and the fry. The male defends the territory. The eggs hatch after 4-5 days and after 2 weeks the young fishes are swimming free. The parents care for the fry a long time. You can raise them with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed dry food.


Compatible with

Do not keep this fish with other Neolamprologus species or similarly shaped fish. Suitable companions could include more robust Neolamprologus pecies, Altolamprologus, and shoaling Cyprichromis.



Neolamprologus cylindricus is an aggressive territorial fish, best kept in pairs. Dominant males will harass and kill sub-dominant tankmates. Neolamprologus cylindricus have impressive sharp teeth that they will happily sink into any other fish encroaching on their territory, especially if they are guarding fry. Do not keep this fish with other Neolamprologus species or similarly shaped fish.