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These fish are incredible, and in the right conditions, breed like mad. They are one of the most beautiful cichlids, period!

Contributed by Andrea Harrell

I have 10 Daffodils in a 420 liter tank with a large coral piece and white PVC pipes for caves. I would have to agree that this is an interesting fish when spawning. Right now I have had 4 broods from 4 different pairs, and all the fry combine into one school in the middle of the tank, and the parents take the outside to guard. I find that when there are babies, the adult daffodils are less aggressive towards themselves after they have all staked out there territory in the tank to lay their eggs.

Contributed by Andrea Harrell

I had a pair of Daffodils in a 280 L tank. One day I noticed that the rest of the fish in the tank (Julies, Calvus, tretocephalus) were all on one side of the tank against the glass. I looked closer and the female Daffodil was guarding her spawn under a rock. The male was swimming in a circle above the rock and if any of the other fishes moved, his fins would stand up and chase them back against the glass. Extremely protective little parents. Great fish to watch spawn.

Contributed by C. Chagami

I have a pair of Daffodils in a 470 L aquarium with two broods of fry. They were housed with four Turquoise Severums, but after the Daffodils laid eggs, I moved the Severums to another tank. The Daffodils are extremely beautiful fish! To get them to spawn, one can feed frozen brine shrimp often and raise the temperature a bit. To curtail too much spawning, one can feed color enhancing flake food exclusively and let the temperature drop a bit. (I have experience with this, as I've had Neolamprologus brichardi for decades). The Daffodils seem very intelligent, often staring at me as much as I look at them! They are wonderful and dedicated parents and can be seen herding some of the small, straying young back to the central protective area!

Contributed by Tom Pietruszka

My daughter obtained four Neolamprologus pulcher fry when she was eight years old. She keeps them in a 45 L Eclipse tank. After a pair formed and ejected the other two fish, they began to breed with great regularity, and my daughter has sold hundreds of fry to a local wholesaler. Even in this small tank, all we give them is hard water (50% changed every two weeks), a castle (Hogwarts) for a cave, Spectrum Growth food (ground up with mortar and pestle for the fry), Cyclops-eze, and occasional Omega 1 Kelp Flakes (they eat some plant matter in the wild). The tank is too small to keep more than one generation, so we don't get to see the multi-generation fry care. But these fish are truly a pleasure to keep.

Contributed by Dave Millman

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