Sardine Cichlid - Cyprichromis leptosoma

Sardine Cichlid - Cyprichromis leptosoma - AllPondSolutions

Sardine Cichlid - Cyprichromis leptosoma

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Scientific Name: Cyprichromis leptosoma

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Approximate purchase size : 6-7cm
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How hard are they to keep?

What is its maximum size?
This species can grow to be about 12.5cm

Where are they from?
Originally found in Lake Tanganyika.

What is the ideal number to keep together?
It is recommended to keep at least 8 of this species; more is better if your tank size permits.

What water conditions do they require?
Water conditions should be kept between 7.8-9.0 pH. Temperatures should range between 24-27°C

What should you feed them?
Will accept a variety of foods but the majority of their diet should consist of live and frozen food.

How compatible are they with other fish?
Very peaceful, but do not keep it with more boisterous fish such as Mbuna.


This species will often spawn in a community tank, but if you want to raise a good number of fry, they should be kept in a species specific setup. This should be as deep as possible and at least 18″ wide. A pH of 8.0-8.5 and a temperature of 23-24°C are ideal. Buy as large of a sardine cichlids group as the aquarium will support, with a few females to each male.