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Leleupi for Sale
Also called the Lemon Cichlid
     
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A mature male Leleupi for sale
Neolamprologus leleupi for sale

 
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Leleupi

Also called the Lemon Cichlid.
 
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A mature male Leleupi for sale
Neolamprologus leleupi for sale

 
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Comments: When mature these fish have bright yellow bodies with orange highlights as shown in the pictures above.

Origin: The ancestors or these Yellow Leleupi Cichlids lived in Lake Tanganyika. But now they live in aquariums all over the world.

Maximum Size: In aquariums, they are able to grow to be about 5" long, including their tails, which is a nice big size for aquariums 80 gallons and greater. Females tend to remain a little smaller.

Behaviors: Leleupi Yellow Cichlids are usually rather mild tempered fish, but are often more aggressive when spawning and protecting their babies.

Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include Brichardi Cichlids, Julidochromis, and professional breeders often include some dither fish like Zebra Danios or Rainbow Fish. Click here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.

Temperature: Leleupi Yellow Cichlids live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal. Click here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and aquarium heaters.

Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food for Cichlids to eat. It would be best to feed this species flakes or even crushed flakes, when they're very small, then feed them small pellets when they're big enough to eat them, and gradually increase the size of the pellets, as they grow bigger. In their natural habitat the Leleupi eat small fish and invertebrates but do not require live foods when living in an aquarium. Click here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.

Water Conditions: These fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity. Click here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.

Aquarium Size: Leleupi Yellow Cichlids will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 80-gallons of water. Each Cichlid will need at least 5-gallons of water, and they live best in an aquarium with some other compatible Cichlids of about the same size.

Decor: Leleupi like a lot of cave options, because they spawn in caves, and a layer of gravel no more than 1/4" thick, because a thicker layer of gravel will soon fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water. Click here for more about aquarium gravel.

Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but for one reason or another aquariums with Cichlids like Leleupi from Lake Tanganyika rarely contain live plants. They like medium size gravel about the size of rice mixed with a few aquarium-safe rocks.

Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Most 80-gallon aquariums have room along the back for two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of the minimum set up for Leleupi. Better is a 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back. Click here to learn more about aquarium filters.

The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.

Life Span: Leleupi can live for several years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they'll most likely breed and produce the next generation of fish for your aquarium.

Gender: Males usually display bolder and brighter colors as they mature. Females usually have duller colors, and smaller bodies.

Breeding: Leleupi Yellow Cichlids are Cave Spawners. Click here for a lot more about breeding various tropical fish in aquariums.

Popularity: Leleupi is still a rare aquarium fish, but greatly loved by aquarists who keep them.

Names: The scientific name for Leleupi is Neolamprologus leleupi.

Variations: There's a Black variation and Silvery variation, but both are rarely seen in aquariums.

Click here for a lot more information about keeping and caring for Leleupi, including a picture gallery.

We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.

DrT - 12/28/2014

     

Comments
These Leleupi are tank raised on a very famous fish farm for us. But this fish's ancestors lived in Lake Tanganyika in East Africa.

     

Appropriate Home
An Aquarium with an External Power Filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4" gravel, and an Aquarium Heater adjusted to between 78 and 82 degrees F. Eventually this fish will need a big aquarium with plenty of aquarium-safe caves and rocks. Click here for more about warm water aquariums.

     

Recommended Diet
When a Frontosa is small, feed it floating flake food and freeze dried blood worms both available from most stores that sell pet fish. Later when the Frontosa grows bigger, feed Hikari Cichlid Pellets and an occasional treat of live or frozen brine shrimp. Do NOT live Black Worms. Click here for more about feeding fish. Do not feed your Frontosa any kind of worms such as Brown Tubifex Worms or Black Worms. Click here for more about Black Worms.

 
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Compatibility
Keep one Frontosa in an aquarium or several but not 2 or 3, because the dominant one will make the others miserable. Eventually Frontosa will need a large aquarium with various large Lake Tanganyika Cichlids and Synodontis Catfish as tank mates.
 
Click here to read more about several other groups of compatible fish.

     

Size and Lifespan
12" and then bigger. Their lifespan is more than 10 years.

 
 
Books about
The Cichlids of Lake Tanganyika

The books shown below are listed on Amazon.com. You can click on the title or on the image of a book to go to the page at Amazon.com, where that book is listed and discussed. In some cases you can preview several of the pages in that book.
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book.   Tanganyika Cichlids in their natural  habitat
By Ad Konings
Hardcover
272 pages
 
The Cichlid Fishes: Nature's Grand Experiment in Evolution
By George W. Barlow, Ph.D.
Hardcover
352 pages
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Lake Tanganyika Cichlids
By Mark Smith
Paperback
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Lake Tanganyika Cichlid Aquarium
by Georg Zurlo
Paperback
64 pages
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Guide to Tanganyika Cichlids
By Ad Konings
Hardcover
128 pages
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. African Cichlids of Lake Tanganyika
By David E. Boruchowitz
Hardcover
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Success with Cichlids from Lake  Malawi & Tanganyika
By Sabine Melke
Hardcover
 
Click here for a complete list of books about Tanganyika Cichlids at Amazon.com.
 
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