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Cyprichromis leptosoma - Slender cichlidMagyarul / Hungarian
Cyprichromis leptosoma - Slender cichlidCyprichromis leptosoma - Slender cichlidCyprichromis leptosoma - Slender cichlidCyprichromis leptosoma - Slender cichlid
  • Scientific name: Cyprichromis leptosoma
  • Common name: Slender cichlid
  • Synonyms: Paratilapia leptosoma, Limnochromis leptosoma
  • Group: Cichlids
  • Habitat: Africa, Lake Tanganyika
  • Size: 14 cm.
  • Biotope: Especially areas around Kigoma and the southern part of the lake.
  • Social behavior: A peaceful, schooling fish, it is not territorial. It forms a matriarchial family and is a mouth-brooder.
  • Diet: Carnivorous, keep your fishes on varied diet to promote breeding and optimal health.
  • Breeding: Quite easy
  • Tank: Minimum 200 litres
  • Population: 10-12 fish for 500 litres
  • Decoration: Cover the tank, because the females often jump during courtship. They will appreciate broad leafed plants to seek shelter under.
  • Temperature: 23-25 °C
  • pH: 7-7,5
  • Hardness: 10-20 NK°
  • Lifespan: 8 years

Description: The males are generally brown colored. Their pelvic fins have sulphur-yellow tips and the dorsal and anal fins are blue, either a dark to inky blue or much lighter. Females are plainer, grey, with a touch of silver on the sides of their head. The species is found in two color morps, one with a bright yellow caudal fin, the other with the same fin violet-blue to bluish-black. Cyprichromis leptosoma has strong, torpedo shaped bodie and is vigorous swimmer and jumper.You need a large aquarium to keep this fish since it needs lots of swimming space. Since they prefer the upper strata they can be kept with other cichlids.

Courtship and spawning take place just beneath the surface. The fish are free-spawners and after each egg has been laid the female turns quickly, follownig it as it sinks.She then takes it into her mouth where it is fertilized. The eggs hatch in three weeks and development can be followed through the female's nearly transparent laryngeal sac. After the fry leave the mother's mouth they remain close to the surface, unlike many cichlids which hide in the bottom. The mother then ignores the brood neither caring for them nor hunting them.