These are Small size .50 to .75 inch
Group / Genus: Lamprologini / Lamprologus
Biotope: It is found in an intermediate environment where it inhabits shallow waters as well as quite deep ones (more than 25 m). Where Neolamprologus caudopunctatus and Neolamprologus leloupi are found at the same location, N. leloupi are most numerous at depths of 2 to 10 m, and only a few individuals are found up to depths of 35 m. While in N. caudopunctatus the opposite is true, most of them are found at depths of more than 10 m, and only a few are shallower.
Normal adult size: They grow to a size of about 6 cm (maximum 7 cm).
Gender difference: Males can be slightly larger, otherwise males do not look different from females.
Recommended aquarium size: 100 L
Arrangement of the aquarium: At the bottom of the aquarium should be fine sand, on which there are some stones with which to create individual caves. We can also add snail houses, which these fish, as an alternative to caves, sometimes use in the aquarium for reproduction.
They are suitable for settling in a group aquarium with other Tanganyika perch. Aggression towards other perch will only be shown in protecting the young.
Food: Carnivore. It feeds on a variety of invertebrates that it finds in the ground or in open waters. It also feeds on zooplankton in open waters. In the aquarium we offer them various live and frozen food (mysis, krill, artemia …).
Reproduction: In nature, they reproduce in caves, which are usually created by digging sand out from under rocks. If they are available, snail houses are often used in the aquarium for reproduction, but in nature this is very rare, as snail houses are usually not present in the environment they inhabit.
They are monogamous, so they live in pairs. The female usually lays between 75 to 150 eggs. The young abort within a week of spawning and immediately begin to feed on plankton. In nature, the pups are protected by both parents for about 40 days (during which time the pups grow to about 2 cm), after which they leave them. Families with different generations of pups (such as the case of N. savoryi) were not found in the lake in this species. In the aquarium, however, the observations are slightly contradictory, as the parents mostly tolerate previous generations of pups and live together in the colony. Interestingly, DNA analyzes revealed that individual litters of pups in nature contain pups of other litters (there are up to 60% of such pups). The reason is most likely that parents push certain pups away when they feel that their territory is no longer safe enough.
Aggressiveness: It is a relatively calm perch, but it can become quite aggressive during spawning and in the protection of young.
Comment: It is very similar to the species N. caudopuncatus, with which it also shares habitat in certain areas (between the Kapampa and Lunangwa River sites). Some are even of the opinion that it is the same species. Where they share an area, the species N. leloupi is usually found in shallower waters, while N. caudopunctatus usually lives a little deeper. Morphologically, these two species are quite similar, so we can actually distinguish it only by the color of the fins. The most noticeable difference is that in the species N. leloupi the tail fin has a black edge at the end, while in N. caudopunctatus this black edge is absent.
|Dimensions||10 × 10 × 8 in|
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