Cichlid Aquarium: All About Haplochromis sp. Blue Fire Fins

Haplochromis sp. Blue Fire Fins (59757 bytes)
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  • Common Name: Also sold as Haplochromis sp. Fire Fin.
  • Location collected from: Lake Kyoga
  • Approximate Size: Males reach a size of 4.5 – 5 inches with females slightly smaller. This is the size of my male that I have had for 2 years.
  • Food: Not a picky eater.  Will eat anything that looks like food including flake, brine shrimp, daphnia, mosquito larvae, and pellet food.   I have also seen them eat small snails in their aquarium.
  • pH:  7.5 – 8.3
  • Temperature:  76 – 82 degrees F.
  • Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder. Males will aggressively defend their territory and will chase the females.  They can start spawning at a small size of just under 2 inches.  A lot of the Victorian Cichlids are similar looking and will interbreed, so one species per tank is recommended for breeding purposes. Multiple females for each male is recommended to help reduce aggression towards the females.   One male per tank except for large aquariums(40 gallons or bigger).  They like a lot of rocks to hide.  Females brood for 12 – 18 days with adult females having between 40 and 50 fry each spawn.  In my experience with several generations, only the males develop any egg spots.
  • Tankmates: I have kept mine in a tank by themselves most of the time but have occasionally kept them in with Labidochromis caeruleus, Labidochromis sp. Perlmutt, Psuedotropheus aurora, Psuedotropheus zebras, Labidochromis sp. Hongi, Copadichromis borleyi, Neolamprologus pulcher “Daffodil”, and Altolamprologus compressiceps without problems. Should do well with calmer Mbuna, and some Tanganyikans.
  • Care of the Fry:  Newly released fry can eat crushed flake food, baby brine shrimp, and other small foods.  They should be given several small feedings per day.  The fry is not sensitive to water conditions.  Spawns can be kept in a 20 – 30 gallon tank up to an inch in size.  Males start to develop adult coloration at about 2 inches.
  • Aquarium lifespan:  3.5 – 4 years
  • Tank size:  I keep 1 male and 13 females in a 40-gallon cube (24x24x18) aquarium.

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