Neolamprologus leleupi from Lake Tanganyika

Neolamprologus leleupi

Neolamprologus leleupi. Photo by Dave Hansen

Neolamprologus leleupi is found throughout rocky areas of Lake Tanganyika, making their home in small caves and crevices. N. leleupi feeds on invertebrates found in the rocks and surrounding areas. Depending on their collection point, the color variation of N. leleupi can go from bright yellow to orange and even brown. The yellow and orange variety is most often seen in the hobby.

Neolamprologus leleupi can be easy to keep and their color make them a great addition to many tank setups. Rocks or some type of cave is strongly recommended to make N. leleupi feel comfortable. As individuals, they aren’t aggressive toward other fish, but are very aggressive toward their own species. A male and female will bond for breeding and raising their young, but a match is never a guarantee. It is best to get a small group of juveniles and once a pair forms, the rest should be removed. Breeding and egg laying takes place in a cave or crevice. A pair will be aggressive when taking care of their young. There is a short article on N. leleupi in the library. To discuss this species visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.


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