DavesRareFish replied the topic: Re: Tanganyikan Cichlids - What do you keep?
I've kept toae before and found them to be very aggressive. I may have just had a rogue male, but I started with a group of 8 juveniles, and the dominant one took the others out one by one in about 2 months. After that, he started in on the other tankmates! That said, I really enjoyed them, and I would love to try them again someday. They are very different from any other lamp I've ever kept. For a while, they even had their own genus, Paleolamprologus.
rm-slover replied the topic: Re: Tanganyikan Cichlids - What do you keep?
Neolamprologus toae is a relatively peaceful cichlid that lives in rocky/sandy areas. They get about 4 inches long and can be kept in groups of 6 or more. Provide the aquarium with many rocks and feed high protein foods. These fish are substrate spawners, but will only breed if they are the dominant fish of the aquarium. (elmers aquarium)
A small Cichlid native to the northwestern coast of Lake Tanganyika in Africa, N. toae isn't as commonly seen in the hobby as some other Neolamprologus, but should be cared for in much the same way. Keep the fish in an aquarium stocked with lots of rocks and hardy plants. Feed a wide variety of foods including vegetable matter. This fish is generally peaceful except for times of spawning. They are not as territorial as other Neolamprologus species, and enjoy swimming in the open waters. (aquaria central)
Adapting to a new way of life is one way of dealing with fierce competition. An example of this can be seen in Neolamprologus toae and Neolamprologus sexfasciatus, two closely related species that inhabit the same part of Lake Tanganyika. Both species feed at night, and in the same area, but while Neolamprologus toae feed chiefly on insect larvae, Neolamprologus sexfasciatus sticks to a menu of molluscs. Scientists believe that Neolamprologus sexfasciatus was unable to compete with Neolamprologus toae over the desirable insect larvae and therefore retorted to feeding on molluscs that were rejected by the other species. (aquatic community)
Nuchal Man replied the topic: Re: Tanganyikan Cichlids - What do you keep?
I've done a share of Tangs, but right now the only species I have are a breeding colony of Neolamprologus similis, and a breeder pair of Variabilochromis moori. I really like Shellies ans Julies though, and will probably pick some more up.