Gold Ocellatus Cichlid

Gold Ocellatus Cichlid
Latin name:
(Lamprologus ocellatus)

Care Level





Blue, Yellow



Preferred Conditions

72-82° F, KH 10-20, pH 7.8-9.0

Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

30 gallons


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The Gold Lamprologus Ocellatus Cichlid requires an aquarium of at least 30 gallons with other smaller Tanganyikan cichlids for optimal health. It is important to incorporate plenty of rocks, shells, and African driftwood to create caves and provide a sandy bottom of aragonite to maintain the necessary high pH and alkalinity. Furthermore, providing an appropriate temperature of 22-25°C and a diet of live foods such as brine shrimps, bloodworms, and tubifex should also be provided. Additionally, regular water changes should be done to keep the water quality high.

The Gold Lamprologus Ocellatus Cichlid is a highly sought-after species, and breeding can be quite a challenge. This species is slow-growing and may take a few years to reach sexual maturity, with the males usually larger than the females. In order to promote successful breeding, it is important to provide plenty of empty shells for the female to lay her eggs. Incubation period is approximately 3-4 days, and to increase their survival rate, the fry should be relocated to a separate aquarium after hatching. To ensure the proper nutrition of the fry, feed them newly hatched brine shrimp and finely crushed flake food. Additionally, water temperature should be kept at an optimal level for the species and water parameters should be closely monitored for any changes. With the right conditions and attentive care, the Gold Lamprologus Ocellatus Cichlid can make a wonderful addition to any freshwater aquarium.

The diet of a pet carnivore should contain meaty items such as blood worms, brine and mysis shrimp, and carnivore flake and pellet foods.