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Cyprichromis leptosoma "Mpulungu"

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A variety of the colourful midwater cichlid Cyprichromis leptosoma. This variety has a reddish brown body, electric blue fins, and a yellow tail.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A very gregarious species that must be kept in a group of at least six specimens. Provided they are given enough space males will not harm one another. Easily bullied by aggressive cichlids, so best kept alone or with benthic species that will ignore them. Likes to jump: keep the tank covered! A maternal mouthbrooder, spawning takes place in midwater. Incubation of the eggs takes about three weeks, after which the large fry are able to take newly hatched brine shrimps and plankton. A fascinating but difficult species.

Family Group: African Cichlids
Distribution Lake Tanganyika, Africa
Temperature 23-27C
Size 11 cm
Water Parameters Hard and alkaline water essential
Water PH 8.0-9.0