One Of The Aggressive Fish: More About Saltwater Fish Haplochromis sp. Blue Bar


Haplochromis sp. Blue Bar  

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  • Common name:  Unknown
  • Location and Lake collected from:  Hippo Point Lake Victoria
  • Approximate size:  3.5 – 4 inches
  • Food:  Will eat brine shrimp, flake, daphnia, spirulina, mosquito larvae, and mine have occasionally eaten some Java Moss.  I have not tried pellet food with them.
  • pH: 7.6 – 8.2
  • Temperature:  75 – 82 degrees F.
  • Breeding behavior:  Mouthbrooder.  Males chase the females and this increases right before spawning time.  My males are extremely aggressive and I have had to separate them from my females.  They like to have rocks to hide in.  I kept 2 males together without much trouble.  It is better to have more than 2 females for each male.  Females brood for 12 – 18 days with a brood size between 15 – 20 fry for a 2.5-inch female.
  • Care of the Fry:  The fry can eat crushed flake food, baby brine shrimp, and other small foods.  They do well with several small feedings a day.  The fry is not picky about their water conditions.  Most spawns can be kept in a 10-gallon tank up to an inch in size.
  • Tankmates:  The only other fish I have had any luck keeping mine in with is Labidochromis sp. Hongi, the Blue Bars are one of the more aggressive of the Victorian Cichlid Species I have.
  • Tank size:  I kept 1 male and 4 females in a 40 gallon cube (24x24x18) aquarium.

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