Neetroplus nematopus – Poor Man’s Tropheus
Except when breeding, Neetroplus nematopus is a relatively tolerant fish, but very aggressive towards all other fish during the breeding season. The species must be kept in pairs. They form a territory. The aquarium must be densely planted with hard plants. Furthermore, the aquarium must be decorated with wood and rocks. There must also be caves where they can deposit their eggs. Few demands are made on water composition. However, it is recommended to change 25 percent of the water every week.
This species was first described in 1867 by Albert Günther.
Synonyms: Hypsophrys nematopus, Neetroplus nematoplus, Neetroplus nicaraguensis, Neetroplus fluviatilis.
Solid food must be given as food. Beef heart and dry food are also accepted.
Breeding Neetroplus nematopus
Breeding Neetroplus nematopus is fairly easy. However, it is advisable to set up a spacious aquarium for breeding. After a prolonged courtship of a few days, 50-60 eggs are laid in a cave and fertilized. The eggs hatch after 5-6 days. After another week the fry swim free. They can be raised with newly hatched brine shrimp and crushed flakes.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie