Eretmodus Cyanostictus 'Blue Point Kapampa' 2-2.25"

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Eretmodus Cyanostictus 'Blue Point Kapampa' 2-2.25"

Common name: Striped goby cichlid, Tanganyikan clown

Scientific name: Eretmodus cyanostictus

Distribution: Lake Tanganyika

Habitat: Among rocks and rubble on the shallow, wave-battered coastline

Temperature: 76 – 82°F

pH: 8.0 – 9.0


Adult size: 3 inches

Diet: Primarily herbivorous and bulk of diet should consist of vegetable matter such as spirulina-based dried foods and blanched vegetables. It is recommended to provide some algae growth for it to graze on in the aquarium.

Conspecifics: Unpaired individuals can be quite territorial and aggressive with each other. A group should be kept in an aquarium with a large footprint with plenty of rocks to provide cover for every individual and break up lines of sight.

Tankmates: Although it is quite territorial with conspecifics, Eretmodus cyanostictus is fairly peaceful with other cichlids and should be kept with other similarly unaggressive Tanganyikan species.

Notes: This biparental mouthbrooder is very difficult to visually sex, therefore a group should be allowed to pair off on its own. Eretmodus cyanostictus reflects its common name in its goby-like behavior, spending much of its time perched atop rocks or hopping around on the substrate. These habits are due to its negative buoyancy from a highly reduced swim bladder and heavy body, adaptations that prevent it from being washed away by crashing waves in its natural habitat.

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