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Zrock Lithobate 4-5cm

  • Meet the Zrock Lithobate (Neolamprologus brichardi) – a captivating and rock-dwelling freshwater fish known for its unique appearance and behavior.
  • Create a specialized aquarium setup with rocky caves to mimic their natural habitat in Lake Tanganyika and observe their intriguing territorial behavior.
  • With a maximum size of 4 to 5 inches and a potential lifespan of 5 to 8 years, the Zrock Lithobate will add fascination and charm to your aquarium, making it an extraordinary choice for cichlid enthusiasts.
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Introduction: Introducing the Zrock Lithobate – an intriguing and exotic freshwater fish known for its unique appearance and rock-dwelling behavior. With its fascinating rock-mimicking coloration and distinctive personality, the Zrock Lithobate is a captivating choice among aquarists seeking an extraordinary addition to their aquarium.

Scientific Name: The Zrock Lithobate is scientifically known as Neolamprologus brichardi. It belongs to the family Cichlidae and is native to the rocky shorelines of Lake Tanganyika in East Africa.

Water Quality:

  • Temperature: Maintain the water temperature between 75°F to 82°F (24°C to 28°C) to ensure the well-being and health of the Zrock Lithobate.
  • pH Level: Aim for a slightly alkaline to neutral pH range of 7.8 to 9.0, replicating their natural habitat in Lake Tanganyika.
  • GH Level: Provide a general hardness (GH) level between 8 to 12 dGH to support their overall well-being.
  • KH Level: A carbonate hardness (KH) level between 10 to 20 dKH is recommended to maintain stable water conditions.

Feeding: The Zrock Lithobate is an omnivorous species and will accept a varied diet consisting of high-quality cichlid pellets, flakes, and live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

Tank Mates: While the Zrock Lithobate can be territorial, they can coexist with other peaceful Tanganyikan cichlids, such as Julidochromis species and some smaller shell-dwelling cichlids.

Substrates and Tank Decorations: Provide a rocky aquarium setup with plenty of caves and crevices for the Zrock Lithobate to establish territories and feel secure.

Suitable Plants: In their natural habitat, the Zrock Lithobate inhabits rocky shorelines with little vegetation. Thus, live plants are not necessary for their tank setup.

Sexing: Sexing Zrock Lithobates can be challenging, as there are no significant visual differences between males and females.

Breeding: Breeding Zrock Lithobates in captivity is possible. They are mouthbrooders, with the female carrying the eggs and fry in her mouth for protection.

Maximum Size and Longevity: Zrock Lithobates typically grow up to 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 cm) in length. With proper care, they can live for approximately 5 to 8 years.

General Information: The Zrock Lithobate’s rock-dwelling behavior and intriguing coloration make it a fascinating and sought-after addition to specialized Tanganyikan cichlid aquariums.

A Fun Fact: The species name “brichardi” was given in honor of the French explorer Pierre Brichard, who made significant contributions to the understanding of cichlids in Lake Tanganyika.

Experience the allure and mystique of the Zrock Lithobate as it graces your aquarium with its rock-mimicking beauty and captivating behavior. Watch these unique fish thrive and become a treasured and extraordinary addition to your aquatic world, captivating all who observe their fascinating interactions and striking appearance.


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