How To Raise A Critically Endangered Fish In Your Aquarium: Lipochromis sp. Matumbi Hunter

Lipochromis sp. Matumbi Hunter

  • Common name: Matumbi Hunter
  • Location and Lake Collected from:  Southern Mwanza Gulf, Lake Victoria
  • Approximate size:  4 – 4.5 inches
  • Food:  Will eat almost any food including pellet and flake.  This species eats fish eggs, insect larvae, and zooplankton in the wild.
  • pH:  7.5 – 8.3
  • Temperature:  76 – 82 degrees F
  • Breeding behavior:  Mouthbrooder.
  • Tankmates:  I have seen them in with Neochromis rufocaudalis(nigricans), Pundamilia nyererei Ruti Island, Paralabidochromis chilotes, Paralabidochromis sp. Rock Kribensis, Haplochromis “Red Head nyererei”, and Paralabidochromis chromogynes without problems.
  • Tank size:  I have seen adults in a 55 gallon and sub-adult(2.5 inches) in a 29-gallon tank.
  • Additional notes:  This fish is considered critically endangered in the wild. This fish and Haplochromis thereuterion are often considered to be the same species. Lipochromis sp. Matumbi Hunter is has a lighter built body, and different adult body markings than that of the Haplochromis thereuterion. Lipochromis sp. Matumbi Hunter has 1 horizontal bar and the Haplochromis thereuterion has 1 horizontal bar and several vertical bars.

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