Neolamprologus Leleupi - Firecracker
Neolamprologus Leleupi - Firecracker, Tank Raised, Unsexed
Temperament: Territorial, but not aggressive.
Maximum Average Size: 4-5"
Feeding: Premium pellets
Place of Origin: Lake Tanganyika - Tanzania and Zaire.
Neolamprologus leleupi, or the Lemon Cichlid, is an extremely colorful cichlid that is iconic in shape and temperament. These smaller sized cichlids are typically available in a gorgeous yellow or orange color which is primarily solid. This species has been recorded throughout the entire east coast of Lake Tanganyika and is fairly abundant near 40 meters depth.
The leleupi is a smaller cichlid so it’s typical to see them reach four inches in length. Females tend to remain a little smaller.
They look fantastic in a community tank especially in small groups where they thrive as crevice dwellers. This species inhabits cracks and crevices in the wild and feeds on invertebrates so it’s important to mimic similar conditions in your tank. They will need a lot of rockwork and hiding places throughout the tank.
The lemon cichlid are substrate/cave spawners and both parents look after their fry. Spawning can best be obtained by working with a small group of six specimens and allowing them to naturally pair off.
There are 4 different color morphs found in the lake and yellow or orange individuals should be kept over light-colored substrata; otherwise they tend to turn dark and appear "dirty." In the aquarium, specimens vary widely in their color. This is more diet-dependent and can fluctuate from yellow to orange to red.