Name: Neolamprologus leleupi
Origin: Lake Tanganyika (Africa)
The Lemon Cichlid likes large open tanks. The tank should consist of a layer of coarse sand or fine gravel. There should be shelter in the form of groups of rock or caves. Plants are not required but if desired alkaline-tolerant species such as Tape grass should be used. The Lemon cichlid will not turf up plants because it is not a burrowing fish.
I have one of these that I had in a smaller tank alone, but when I added more Tanganyikan cichlids it was very aggressive towards them. I have since moved it into my Malawi tank at the suggestion of a local shopkeeper. I was a bit apprehensive, because Malawi Cichlids are generally much more aggressive than Tanganyikan Cichlids. It turned out not only to be hearty enough to defend itself, but it is one of the most aggressive fishes in the Malawi tank. It often guards its territory against the other fishes fiercely, some of which are almost twice its size. From what I understand it is also common to keep Brichardi with Malawi fish, but there is certanly no problem mixing these guys with the Malawis.
I own a Lemon Cichlid. My Cichlid is in a 75 liter tank. He likes to live by plants and rocks, I guess for protection. He likes white rocks, and plenty of plants and rocks. He lives good with my Tetra and my King Size Cichlid. My Lemon Cichlid backs down from none of my fish. I got it about 2 years ago. He is about 7 cm. He has been a great fish.
I have a lemon cichlid and a brichardi in a Malawi tank and the only time my lemon cichlid comes out of hiding in his territory, which by the way is a hollow ceramic lighthouse, is when I feed them. But when he comes out those malawi cichlids run for cover. I never thought such a small fish could be so aggressive.
I have 1 big male and 2 females of this fish, that I added to a 120 liter tank of 2 types of Julido's. Not a good idea, I do not recommend mixing Lemon's with Julido's. The male is very aggressive towards my Julido's, my Firemouth, and my 2 small figure-eight puffers. I am taking them out this weekend and putting all 3 Lemon's in another tank.
I have had a lemon cichlid for about 3 months. It is 7 cm long and housed in my 425 L tank, which houses several African and American cichlids, and 2 gibbiceps. I think that the lemon cichlid is by far the most interesting to watch out of them all. My lemon cichlid is not aggresive at all, but sometimes can be territorial and can really stand up for itself. I would recommend to get one if you're thinking about it.
I once had a pair of these lovely fish in a 200 liter tank, about 10 years ago. They shared the tank with a couple julidochromis. The tank had a lot of rocks and both species appreciated all the caves and crevices. I appreciated the fact I could add my very hard tapwater to the tank and not have to worry about the pH. My fish liked their home so well they even spawned on occasion. Everybody ate either frozen brine shrimp or just hatched shrimp. I took all the little leuleupi from the tank when they were about 2 cm long. They were placed in a 40 L tank with far less cover and much brighter light. Unfortunately, I suppose the stress was too much for them and they all perished.
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