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The mpulungu variant is found along the southern end of Lake Tanganyika near the borders of Zambia and Tanzania. Pictured is an adult male displaying their normal coloration; yellow tail and a metallic purple-like iridescence along the body and dorsal fin. Cyprichromis are mouthbrooders with a unique breeding behavior. Unlike other mouthbrooding cichlids which lay eggs on a substrate before picking up orally, cyprichromis lay eggs directly in the water column and catch them in "mid-air" where they are quickly fertilized. If you are fortunate enough to witness them breed, you will be amazed!
Males begin to display beautiful color at approximately 3" while females have a plain silverish color. Because they are a schooling fish it is recommended to get at least a coloy of 10. Suitable tank mates include calvus, julidochromis, featherfins, and other smaller size Tangyanikan cichlids.  

Shipping Size: 1.5" (Mixed Sexes)

Scientific Name: Cyprichromis leptosoma "mpulungu"
Common Name: Sardine cichlids or cyprichromis
Origin: Lake Tanganyika
Diet: Carnivore
PH: 7.6-8.6
Temperature: 76-82F
Maximum size: 4.5"

Recommended tank size: 55 gallons
Recommended breeding colony: A breeding pair is enough, but starting with at least a colony of 6-8 of mixed sexes is best 
Difficulty: 3 (1-5 with 1 easiest) 
Breeding Method: Mouthbrooder
Breeding Difficulty: 3

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Cyprichromis leptosoma "mpulungu"

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