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Lemon Cichlid (Neolamprologus leleupi)

Photo of: Lemon Cichlid (Neolamprologus leleupi)

Scientific Name(s): Neolamprologus leleupi


Common Name(s): Lemon Cichlid, Leleupi, Lemon Lamprologus


Family: Cichlidae


Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Tanganyika


Maximum Size: 4.5 inches


Life Span: 9 years


Natural Habitat: East African Lake Tanganyika


Minimum Tank Size: 29 gallons


Tank Region: Middle to bottom of tank.


Possible Tank Mates: Other Tanganyika cichlids


Description: A small and attractive species, this fish gets its common name of "Lemon Cichlid" from its bright yellow appearance. It may have some darker color around the mouth and red on the gill plates. Keep these guys in a tank with plenty of rocky territories and an alkaline pH.


Temperature Range: 74°F - 82°F



pH Range: 7.6 - 9

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Hardness Range: 8° - 18°



Breeding Information: As these are monogamous fish, which do not readily form pair bonds, the method of raising a half dozen, or more juvenile to maturity and allowing them to pair off is recommended.


Sexing Information: Males and females of similar ages may display size disparity (the male being the larger of the two). Males may get a rudimentary version of the nuchal hump displayed by many of the larger cichlids. Females may exhibit more of a slope in their forehead as well as a rounded pelvic fin.


Diet: Omnivorous - Live; crustaceans, insect larvae, aquatic insects; large flakes; pellets. This fish must be fed a varied diet to bring out its beautiful colors.


Temperament: Generally peaceful but may become territorially aggressive while spawning.


Common Diseases: None specific to species


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African Cichlids, Lake Tanganyika


Keith Pardee

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