Killifish
Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Current Scientific Name:
Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Described: (Boulenger), 1898
Common name(s): Lake Tanganyika killifish, Tanganyika lampeye
Distribution: Lake Tanganyika

Breeding Lamprichthys tanganicanus

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4 other fishkeepers have successfully bred this species and left reports, their results are sumarised below

Method:
Other (50%)
Adult fish removed from tank (25%)
Spawning Mops (25%)

Water Conditions:
Very hard and alkaline (75%)
Moderately hard and alkaline (25%)

Temperature:
24-27°C (75%)
20-23°C (25%)

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Lamprichthys tanganicanus breeding reports

Each record reproduced here represents one instance of breeding this species. Have you kept and bred Lamprichthys tanganicanus? Why not add a breeding report? If you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences

How to keep and breed Lamprichthys tanganicanus

This database consists of breeding reports provided by the world killifish community, along with some statistical analysis. Results provided by successful keepers are aggregated in the bar charts below, with more detailed reports below that. Like any block of data, the larger the more significant. Please contribute a report of your attempt to breed Lamprichthys tanganicanus, even if you have had a negative results. You may, of course, file more than one report, particularly if you change some condition, and had a different result.

breeders have filled in breeding reports, a summary of the results are shown in the graphs below.

Would Lamprichthys tanganicanus be a good addition to a community tank?

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  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Lamprichthys tanganicanus?

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  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggressive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?

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  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?

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  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

What, if any is the biggest difficulty encountered when breeding these fish?

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  1. Poor egg production
  2. Poor egg survival
  3. Poor fry survival rate
  4. Deformities
  5. Skewed sex ratio

How would you describe sex ratios when breeding Lamprichthys tanganicanus?

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  1. Almost all males
  2. Somewhat male heavy
  3. Roughly equal
  4. Somewhat female heavy
  5. Almost all females

In general, how difficult is Lamprichthys tanganicanus to keep and breed?

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  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How successful have you been at breeding Lamprichthys tanganicanus?

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  1. Very unsuccessful
  2. Fairly unsuccessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly successful
  5. Very successful

Very successful / fairly successful

Breeding Report: Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Breeding problems: Poor egg production
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Average
Success: Very successful
Breeder: Paul R. Lewis , Dallas, Texas USA
Date this record created: 23rd February 2003
Breeding Report: Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Water conditions: Very hard and alkaline, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Other (see below)
Sex ratio: Somewhat female heavy
Breeding difficulty: Average
Success: Very successful
Other Comments: I do not use a mop but rather a plastic tray with ceramic tiles separated by small pebbles. It creates the natural rift between rocks that the fish use in the wild. Fry must be fed baby brine shrimp.
Breeder: Tony Stratton, Torrance, CA (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 7th December 2004
Breeding Report: Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Water conditions: Very hard and alkaline, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Other (see below)
Breeding problems: Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Difficult
Success: Fairly successful
Other Comments: i had 3 wild pairs, they were very difficult to acclimatise -a u.v is essential, or sores develope.on reflection i would remove the male after spawning as theyll spawn themselves to death
Breeder: simon, suffolk (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 19th September 2005
Breeding Report: Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Water conditions: Very hard and alkaline, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Adult fish removed from tank
Breeding problems: Poor egg survival
Sex ratio: Somewhat female heavy
Breeding difficulty: Average
Success: Fairly successful
Breeder: (30 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 24th February 2007

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