Endangered Saltwater Fish, Astatotilapia latifasciata: Size To Everything


Astatotilapia latifasciata photos

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  • Common name:  zebra obliquidens also called Hap sp. Zebra.  I have recently seen this species labeled as Haplochromis sp. Zebra Thick Skin.
  • Location and Lake collected from:  Lake Kyoga and Lake Nawampasa
  • Approximate size:  4 – 4.5 inches
  • Food:  Will eat flake, brine shrimp, daphnia, mosquito larvae, and pellet food.
  • pH:  7.6 – 8.2
  • Temperature:  75 – 82 degrees F.
  • Breeding behavior:  Mouthbrooder.  Males can be very aggressive towards the females continuously, not just around spawning time.  It is best to keep this fish in a group of no less than 3 females and 1 male to help reduce aggression towards the females.  Another way to help reduce aggression is to have a lot of rocks for the females to hide in.
  • Tankmates:  I have kept mine with Cynotilapia afra “Black Eastern”, and Labidochromis sp. Hongi.  I have seen them kept with Haplochromis sp. All Red from Lake Edward, Neochromis rufocaudalis (nigricans), and Pundamilia nyererei Ruti Island without problems.
  • Tank size:  I have 6 juvenile females in a 20 gallon high aquarium.
  • Additional notes:  This fish is considered critically endangered in the wild and is listed on the 2000 red list for endangered species.

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