Physical description: N.
longior is more elongated than
The coloring has more orange.
under the eye is a violet marking.
Around the lips is a dark yellow areas.
Size/Length: To 4" (10 cm)
Similar species: Neolamprologus
N. leleupi longior.
Habitat: Eastern Africa; eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika, from Kabogo Point to Kibwe Bay.
N. leleupi, this species inhabits rocky, shore areas.
S: bottom, middle
Aquarium: 30" (76 cm) tank with a volume of 20-25 gallons (75-98 L).
Water chemistry: 7.5-9.0 (8.0), 8-20 dH (15), 75-81°F (24-27°C)
Social behavior: Combine with other peaceful cichlids in a Lake Tanganyika community tank.
may brawl with each other over territory.
Males are aggressive towards unreceptive or immature females.
fish forms pairs and a nuclear only during the spawning season.
Suggested companions: Julidochromis,
Synodontis, Lamprologus, Aulonocara, Lamprichthys, Rainbowfish.
FOOD: Live; crustaceans, insect larvae, aquatic insects; large flakes; pellets.
fish must be fed a varied diet to bring out its beautiful colors.
Sexual differences: Difficult to distinguish.
Males have slightly more elongated fins.
Breeding techniques: Cave brooder who lays up to 200 eggs.
Follow suggestions for
Breeding potential: 7.
Breeding the elongated Lemon Cichlid is difficult.
Remarks: This species can be distinguished from the sub-species,
N. leleupi longior by its longer body and
elongated caudal penuncle.
Difficulty of care: 6.
A sensitive fish that must be fed live foods.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated from mongabay.com operations (server, data transfer, travel) are mitigated through an association with Anthrotect, an organization working with Afro-indigenous and Embera communities to protect forests in Colombia's Darien region. Anthrotect is protecting the habitat of mongabay's mascot: the scale-crested pygmy tyrant.
"Rainforest" is used interchangeably with "rain forest" on this site. "Jungle" is generally not used.