Aquarium Fish Index: Orange Fish Called Neolamprologus Leleupi

Neolamprologus leleupi (44182 bytes)

Neolamprologus leleupi pictured.

  • Common Names: Names such as “Dutch Orange”, “Firecracker” or “Lemon Yellow” are used to refer to their color.
  • Locations collected from: Fairly wide distribution in the lake, with coloration, depends on the location they are collected from.
  • Approximate Size: 4 – 5 inches with females slightly smaller.
  • Food: Will eat just about anything including flake, brine shrimp, daphnia, mosquito larvae, and pellets.
  • Water Conditions: Likes a pH between 7.8 and 9.0, and a temperature between 75 and 78 degrees F.
  • Breeding Behavior: Egglayer. Males will defend their territory very aggressively.  They will spawn on the sides of rocks or caves.   Males can be very aggressive towards females.  They need a lot of rocks to spawn and hide in. They seem to do better in a group of 3 or more.   I had a group of 5 adults (1 male and 4 females) in a 30-gallon tank by themselves without much aggression.  I have also had them jump out of the tank when frightened so a covered tank is recommended.   
  • Tankmates: Should do well with most Tanganyikans and some Malawi and Victorian Cichlids.  I’ve had them in with Altolamprologus compressiceps, Altolamprologus calvus, Neolamprologus sexfasciatus, Neolamprologus tretocephalus, Neolamprologus pulcher “Daffodil”, Julidochromis marlieri, Synodontis petricola, Psuedotropheus greshakei, Psuedotropheus zebra “Chilumba”, Psuedotropheus aurora, Aulonocara sp. maleri Chipoka, Haplochromis nubila, and Haplochromis sp. Blue Fire Fins.

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