Paracyprichromis nigripinnis

Paracyprichromis nigripinnis

  • pH: 7.5-9
  • gH: 8-25 dGh
  • Temperature: 24-27C
  • Maximum Size: 11cm
  • Minimum Tank Size: 180 litres, 100x40x45cm


Paracyprichromis nigripinnis is a small, slender cichlid from Lake Tanganyika, one of the rift lakes in eastern Africa.


As Tanganyikan cichlids go, Paracyprichromis nigrippinis is a peaceful, somewhat shy species and shouldn’t be kept with the more aggressive and boisterous species’ from the area. It does best in a species tank, but in tall tanks can be kept with bottom and mid-dwelling Tanganyikan species’ such as shell dwellers, smaller Julidochromis and Altolamprologus.

Housing and Feeding

Paracyprichromis nigripinnis occupies the top level of the tank, frequently resting by hanging below rocky overhangs. Rock piles reaching the top of the tank with crevices and caves are very suitable for it and there should also be open-water swimming space.

Paracyprichromis nigripinnis will eat most foods offered and a quality Tanganyikan flake food plus cichlid granules form a good staple diet. Foods should be small as this fish has a very small mouth. Frozen and live foods should be included several times a week.


Breeding in home aquariums is quite rare, but it has been achieved. The female carries the fertilised eggs in her mouth for up to 28 days until they have hatched and the fry are quite mature and able to swim freely and feed. By the time she releases them, the fry are big enough to take live baby brine shrimp, crushed flake etc..


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