Gold Head Compressicep Cichlid

Gold Head Compressicep Cichlid
Latin name:
(Altolamprologus compressicep)

Care Level





Black, Tan, Yellow



Preferred Conditions

72-82° F, KH 10-20, pH 7.8-9.0

Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

50 gallons


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The Gold Head Compressive Cichlid is an aggressive species that requires a tank of at least 50-gallons when kept in captivity. To recreate a natural environment that it would find in the wild, be sure to include plenty of rocks and African driftwood to build caves. Additionally, the aquarium should be filled with a sandy bottom comprised of aragonite to maintain the necessary high pH and alkalinity. Furthermore, make sure to keep the Gold Head Compressive Cichlid with other aggressive species to avoid any territorial disputes or physical harm. It is also important to conduct regular water changes to maintain a safe and healthy environment.

The Gold Head Compressicep Cichlid is a unique and challenging species to breed and keep. At maturity, the males are usually larger and more robust than the females. To successfully breed them, provide plenty of caves, shells, or flower pots for the female to lay her eggs. Incubation occurs in 3 to 4 days, and the female will remain to guard the spawning site. For the fry, feed them newly hatched brine shrimp and finely ground flake food. To further ensure successful breeding, maintain optimal water quality and temperature conditions. With the right care and attention, breeding Gold Head Compressicep Cichlids can be a rewarding experience.

A well-rounded diet should contain both meaty and vegetable-based foods. These include brine shrimp, bloodworms, Spirulina-based flake and pellet foods.