Orange Leleupi Cichlid

Orange Leleupi Cichlid
Latin name:
(Neolamprologus leleupi)

Care Level








Preferred Conditions

72-82° F, KH 10-20, pH 7.8-9.0

Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

50 gallons


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This species of cichlid is particularly well-suited to a Tanganyikan biotype setup, and they can live up to 10 years with the proper care. To help ensure they thrive, it is important to perform regular water changes and provide a varied diet. Additionally, provide hiding places amongst the rocks and driftwood to give them a sense of security. Doing so will also reduce stress and aggression, creating a healthy and balanced habitat. Furthermore, the water temperature should be kept between 72-77 degrees Fahrenheit and the pH level should be between 8.0-9.0. Finally, it is essential to keep a watchful eye on water parameters, as any sudden changes can be detrimental to the health of this species.

The Orange Neolamprologus Leleupi Cichlid is a unique and intriguing species to keep. It is a fastidious eater and prefers a well-oxygenated aquarium with plenty of caves for them to hide and breed in. To ensure successful breeding, provide a variety of caves for the pair to choose from. Once an acceptable site is found, the male will fertilize the eggs and the female will incubate them for about 3 to 4 days. The parents are usually good at raising their young until they spawn again, but to increase the survival rates of the fry, it is best to relocate them to a separate aquarium once breeding activities between the parents are observed. They should be fed newly hatched brine shrimp and finely crushed flake food to ensure optimal health.

Spirulina is a great source of protein and other nutrients and can be supplemented with meaty items for a balanced diet.