rocky shores in deep
benthopelagic, freshwater; p
range: 7.5 - 8.0; dGH range: 12.0 - 15.0.
Climate: tropical; 24 - 26°C; 6°S - 9°S. Usually found in
recesses of the biotope, but will swim in open water.
Not in IUCN Red List.
are 8.0 to 13.0 cm in an aquarium environment; males larger than
Hard and alkaline,
with a p
H 7.8 - 8.0 and a dGH
12 - 15. Temperature between 25-26o
Sandy substrate with rock
cover and stable, rocky caves.
Diet: N. leleupi
most foods--flakes, frozen and live. A combination of foods is
Difficult: males and females have
an identical appearance. Males attain a larger size.
dioecism; guarders /
N. leleupi is a substrate spawner and is regarded as a monogamous
The female will lay eggs in a cave or crevice and the male guards the
Once hatched and free swimming, the young are closely guarded by the
Pair formation is reputedly difficult to achieve. My breeding
self-selected from a community of eight fish.
Territorial and very
for a small fish. N. leleupi
can be kept with a variety
different dwarf Lake Tanganyikan cichlids, with the exception of larger
cichlids and piscivores. As they are somewhat aggressive and can take
of themselves in most situations. Both sexes are aggressive
their own kind and are best kept one pair only to a tank. Specimens
swim in and around rocks as well as through open water.
Rock dweller. Neolamprologus leleupi longier
is a colour
of this species, being brilliant orange-yellow.
I have never seen any offered for sale in Sth Australia under this
name, however German bred yellows are available. Most juvenile
offered for sale are bright yellow but turn yellow-brown in my tank!
My breeding pair is olive-yellow, with black marking around the face
mouth, They breed in an up-turned broken flower pot that is
beneath rocks. They dig a hollow in the substrate (quartz sand
10% coral sand) so that the entrance to the brooding area is behind its
own little sand dune. The fry are tolerated by other generations
of the species and survival rate is high if fed on brine shrimp and
is my experience that not all Lemon Cichlids remain this colour as