Xenotilapia leptura

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Tanganyika
Length : 11 cm - 4,5"
Min.length aquarium : 120 cm - 50"
You should keep this fish in a small school.  During breeding time the fishes form a pair and make a territory.  The aquarium should be set up with stones to create hiding places and caves.  Use a sandy substrate. 

In their natural habitat they feed on algae, containing crustaceans and small aquatic insects.  In the absence of that you can give them small live or frozen food.  They need vegetable food as well.

Breeding is easy.  The eggs are laid and fertilized in a pit.  After that the female takes the eggs into her mouth.  Together they defend a small territory.  After 6 days the male takes the eggs in the mouth.  The female becomes very aggressive defending the territory.  After about 13 days the young fishes leave the mouth of the father for the first time.  Both parents continue their care for the fry for several weeks.  When they are in danger the young fishes flee into the mouth of the parents.  They grow quickly on Artemia nauplii. 

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