Saltwater Fish Extincted In Wild: Tips To Raise Yssichromis Argens


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  • Common name:
  • Location and Lake collected from:  Lake Victoria
  • Approximate size:  4.5 – 5 inches
  • Food:  I have seen them eat flake food without hesitation.  This species needs to eat a high protein food 3 or 4 times a day as a minimum.  Their natural diet consists of small invertebrates.
  • pH:  7.5 – 8.4
  • Temperature:  76 – 82 degrees F.
  • Breeding behavior:  Mouthbrooder.  This is an open water species that stays near the top of the water and only goes down around to the bottom of the aquarium when attempting to spawn.  I have seen multiple males kept in the same tank with no aggression.  Even when the females are ready to spawn the aggression level is very low.
  • Care of the fry:  Fry can eat crushed flake food, baby brine shrimp, and other small foods.  They need to be fed several times a day.   Males start to show breeding coloration at about 2 inches.
  • Tankmates:  I have seen them kept with Haplochromis guiarti “Red Eye”.
  • Tank size:  I have seen 8 males and 9 females in a 70-gallon tank.
  • Additional notes:  This species is believed to be extinct in the wild and the fish in these photos are part of the Species Survival Program at the Oklahoma City Zoo.  This species is also listed as Extinct in the Wild on the 2000 Red List.

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