Cyprichromis leptosoma


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SKU: *Cyprichromis leptosoma "Bicolor" "Nkondwe" TR MD Categories: ,

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Cyprichromis leptosoma – Nkondwe

Origin: Lake Tanganyika, Africa

Geographic Range: Rocky shores and open waters of Lake Tanganyika.

Diet: Omnivore; In the wild, they feed on plankton. Provide a diet that includes high-quality flakes, pellets, and occasional live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia.

Average Adult Size: Around 4-5 inches (10-12 cm)

Sexual Dimorphism: Limited sexual dimorphism; males may have slightly more extended finnage and brighter coloration.

Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons or larger for a community of Cyprichromis leptosoma – Nkondwe.

Temperament: Generally peaceful. Best kept in a species-specific tank or with other peaceful Tanganyikan cichlids. They are schooling fish, and a group of at least 12 individuals is recommended to reduce aggression.

Recommended Water Parameters:

pH: 7.8-9.0
Temp: 76-80°F (24-27°C)
Hardness: 10-15 dGH
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: Under 20ppm
Note: Cyprichromis leptosoma – Nkondwe is a slender, schooling cichlid that does well in a Tanganyikan community setup. Provide a tank with plenty of open swimming space, and they will appreciate the presence of rocks and caves. Keep them in a group to prevent stress and promote their natural schooling behavior.

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