This is my favorite African Cichlid. Tons of personality and tons of aggression. They must be kept in large colonies of 12 , more is better. They need tons oh hiding spots, like stacked rocks, etc. These guys mostly eat plant matter in the wild so a planted tank is not a great choice for them, though I'm sure you could get away with a few specific plant species.
I had about a dozen of these in a 38-gallon aquarium with L. caeruleus as tankmates. I agree: great personality, and striking beauty. Wish I had pictures of mine! I had a lot of success with a stacked-rock setup (rounded rocks, not slate) and several Anubias nana scattered around on the rocks -- they didn't bother those. They eventually bred in hard water conditions (pH around 8, high KH and GH).
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