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Xenotilapia leptura

Xenotilapia leptura

Scientific name: Xenotilapia leptura

Common name: N/A

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 9 - 11 cm (3.54 - 4.33 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7.2 - 7.8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 13 - 18°N (232.14 - 321.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 24 - 28 °C (75.2 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Africa

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

In the wild, Xenotilapia leptura is an algae eater; reproduce this in the aquarium by feeding a high vegetable diet. Spirulina and lettuce, peas etc. are ideal. Occasional treats of Cyclops and Brine Shrimp should also be offered.


Africa; Xenotilapia leptura is found in Lake Tanganyika.


There are no coloration differences, but the males tend to be slightly larger than the females.


Xenotilapia leptura share the mouth brooding, the pair will separate from the group for spawning. The female will collect the eggs, but if there are too many the male will collect the rest. On most occasions, the female will do all of the initial brooding but after 17-20 days she will transfer the fry to the male. Even when the fry are released both parents will guard them.


The expected life span for Xenotilapia leptura is 15 years.

Short description

To control aggression, large numbers of these should be housed together. Fine sand should be added to the tank for a substrate along with plenty of rockwork. It is best to purchase a group of these fish initially and let them form their own pairs.This fish can be found as Asprotilapia leptura too.

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