Be Careful Of Crossbreeding! More About Haplochromis sp. Tomato

Haplochromis sp. Tomato (47171 bytes)

Haplochromis sp. Tomato male pictured.   The Female is the bottom fish in the top photo.

  • Common Names: Haplochromis sp. Tomato
  • Locations collected from: Kome Island
  • Approximate Size: My largest male is currently about 4.5 inches.
  • Food: I have not tried pellet foods with them, but they will accept flake food, brine shrimp, daphnia, and mosquito larvae.
  • Water Conditions: Likes a pH between 7.5 and 8.2 and temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees.
  • Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder. They like to have rocks to hide in. Males get aggressive towards each other and the females around spawning time. I have multiple males in the same tank without problems. I have only seen the males defend a territory around spawning time. I had a 2.5″ female drop 27 fry after about 14 days.
  • Tankmates: I have not tried them in with anything else so far. Due to the chances of crossbreeding, I would not recommend more than 1 species of Victorian Cichlids per tank.

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