Name: Neolamprologus pulcher
Origin: Lake Tanganyika (Africa)
I believe you can only appreciate these fish if they are breeding. I had a pair in a 95 liter tank, using a coral gavel mix. I used AquaClear 300 for filtration, anubias and some java fern. The next step is to make a large stable rock pile for their nest, put two danios in the tank for target fish. Watching how several generations of fry coexist together, the larger taking care of the smaller ones and of course the parents. These fish are truely beautiful and you won't be disappointed.
In my experience, these are a little more aggressive than their cousin Lamprologus brichardi, but very cool fish to have and watch. Also, I think they have some real neat teeth, friends are always amazed. Good Luck!
I believe this to be my most precious fish. I have a Daffodil and (I believe) a Venustus Cichlid, and they make quite an amusing pair. They play with each other constantly and tease each other by trying to take all of the pellets at feeding time then swim in front of each other spitting them out and trying to get them back before the other takes it. They both have their own sea shells that they live in and on occasion sneak into each other's. The two seem to be best of friends, but if you even attempt to put another fish in the tank they are very territorial and make a quick snack of them. I feed them a treat of feeder guppies about every other week and it seems to help their color. They are extremely defined and colorful, especially the Daffodil. I would recommend this fish to anyone who loves Cichlids. Both have grown up together and I would strongly suggest if you plan on getting a couple of Cichlids to get them at the same time and the same size!
These are not a good fish to add to any community tank. My friend has a 136 liter tank with 1 of these fish and 2 convicts. This fish does everything and anything to keep these convicts from his rock pile, food and even tapping on the glass doesn't help to stop these fish from attacking. So in my opinion this fish is extremly aggressive and is probably better kept by itself with its own kind.
I find the Olivaceous the most beautiful of the N. Pulcher family. They are more streamlined and their facial colors are magnificent! My 2 pairs, which I house in my 110 L tank along with several other species, have not bred yet but they are still relatively small. An excellent hobby fish for beginners and professional alike! You will realize that this family of fish (Neolamprologus) seems to have more intelligence rather than the typical "I just exist" fish or the "take no prisoners, kill them all" fish. Much more intriguing.
I have a 200 L african tank. My two most favorite fish are my pair of 8 cm Daffodils. They were my first fish introduced to the tank along with an Elongatus. I now have 3 peacocks, albino zebra, electric blue johanni, kennyi, venustus and N. tetracanthus. All get along fine, I have plenty of rock and cave work for them to claim territory. My daffs are always out, just gracefully roaming the tank, almost as if they knew they are my favorites and show off the tank. They both have a long lyretail and heavy yellow on their dorsals. Just can't say enough about Daffodils, I would recommend this fish to anyone wanting to have a mixed African tank.