Neolamprologus leleupi

Aquarium fish: Neolamprologus leleupi (Neolamprologus Leleupi)
Size: 10 cm
Origin: Tanganyika
Water temperature: 23-27 ° C
Aquarium volume: 70 l

Neolamprologus leleupi (Neolamprologus Leleupi) -40 m.

Characteristics and disposition

Adult specimens reach up to 10 cm in length.

Slender, elongated body, colored yellow or orange. In nature, silver-beige and brown-black specimens are also found. Lower fins edged in blue. Characteristic large lips. Gender very difficult to distinguish.

Males are usually larger, reaching up to 10 cm. Identical colored females up to 9 cm. It may be confused with the Longoriforme ( Neolamprologus longior) , which has a slightly lower and elongated body. Leleup fractures are territorial and aggressive towards their own species. Found singly in natural habitats.

They form pairs only during breeding. They actively swim in all parts of the aquarium. In well-kept tanks, they can live 8-10 years.

Nutrition and feeding

Carnivores, they need a high-protein diet . In the wild, they feed on zooplankton, aquatic insects and copepods.

In the aquarium, although they eagerly eat dry food, they require regular feeding with live or frozen food. Live food containing carotene, e.g. cyclops, will provide beautiful, intense color. It is also worth supplementing the diet with foods with spirulina.


For a pair of fractures, an aquarium of at least 75 liters is recommended and twice if you want to keep it with a different species.

They look best on light ground. It is necessary to provide them with numerous rock hiding places where they will find shelter and be able to reproduce. The water in the aquarium should be rather hard, alkaline and well-oxygenated. The water in Lake Tanganyika fluctuates in the range 7.8-9.0 pH. Efficient filtration and regular weekly water changes are essential.

They can be kept with other Tanganyika fish that cover other areas, such as Cyprichromis as well as in a suitably large aquarium with incisors ( Dickfeldi , Marlieri , Snakehead , Curly , Regana ) or a type of Altolamprologus . On the other hand, cichlids from the Mbuna group and other pugnacious species are being reborn.


Easy, but only for the patient. It is recommended that you buy 6 or more young fish and wait for a natural pairing (this may take a year or more). When this happens, other fish must be caught from the aquarium.

Unfortunately, the purchase of an adult female and an adult male does not guarantee a match and often in this case the female is tortured to death. Between spawning, the male may not accept the female, which is why numerous rock caves and crevices and a large aquarium are so important. A 75 cm spawning tank is required. The water should have a pH of 8.2-9.0 and a temperature of about 26 – 27 ° C. The steam usually wipes secretly in the female’s lair.

The breeder often learns about the breeding only when the young begin to emerge from the cave. The female lays from 50 to 250 white eggs on the walls or ceiling of the cave, but usually about 100. The female takes care of the eggs, the male guards the territory. Hatching takes place within 3-4 days. After another 6-7 days, the larvae begin to swim on their own.

Both parents look after the young and may stay with their offspring until they reach 2.5 cm. The fry can be fed immediately with brine shrimp larvae. The quality of the water plays an important role in the rearing of young Leleupa fractures – they are very sensitive to pollutants and bacteria.


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