Common name: Asprotilapia Leptura
Scientific name: Asprotilapia Leptura
Average Adult Fish Size: 11cm / 4.5Inches
Place of Origin: Lake Tanganyika
Typical Tank setup: Rocky set-up is required tank with plenty of open swimming space.
Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 200 Litres
Compatibility: Combine with other Lake Tanganyika cichlids.
Temperature: 23-27 Deg C / 73-81 Deg F
Water chemistry: pH 7.5-9
Feeding: Herbivore – Best thrives on specially made African Cichlid pellets or flakes. They are a specialized algae eater and will feed on algae in the aquarium.
Sexing: Males and females of this species are identical and the only accurate way of determining their sex is by venting. Males tend to be a little larger than females.
Breeding: Asprotilapia Leptura are maternal mouthbrooders like many of the African Cichlids. The male will entice a mate and as the female lays her eggs he will fertilize them. The process continues till all the eggs are fertilized and the female holds them in her mouth for 3-4 weeks during which time she does not eat.
Additional Information: One Lake Tanganyika’s strangest looking African Cichlids this uniquely slender and elongated cichlid is certainly an attractive little fish. Lacking the colourful patterns of cichlids from the other two lakes this fish certainly has an eye catching body shape and lips, which are perfect for grazing on algae. Both the male and the female are identical and suitable for a Lake Tanganyika set-up featuring rockwork and plenty of open swimming space. Asprotilapia Leptura don’t grow big (only around 11cm) and are suitable for smaller set ups.