Cyprichromis leptosoma from Lake Tanganyika

Cyprichromis leptosoma

Cyprichromis sp. “Leptosoma Jumbo”. Photo by Ad Konings

Cyprichromis leptosoma come in many varieties. Different areas along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika produce different color and size variants. Pictures above is a Cyprichromis sp. “Leptosoma Jumbo” from Chikalakate. Jumbo variants can reach over 5 inches length while the regular C. leptosoma rarely exceed 4 inches. Regular size variants are what is mostly found in the hobby. To see the many different color patterns check out the Tanganyika Cyprichromis Profiles section.

In the wild Cyprichromis leptosoma school in the thousands. They spend their entire lives in the open water feeding on plankton and even spawning in open water. In the aquarium C. leptosoma are peaceful and do best with other species that aren’t aggressive. They are a favorite of Lake Tanganyika community tanks since they fill the often ignored top part of the aquarium. To truly enjoy their behavior, they are best kept in groups of at least 8. Large tanks are also needed so they can swim as a group. This site’s library has several articles including Cyprochromis by Eric Glab, Cyprichromis leptosoma and Cyprichromis leptosoma “Utinta” by Marc Elieson. To discuss Cyprichromis leptosoma visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.

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