Saltwater Fish Not Picky About Food And Water: How To Raise Haplochromis sp. All Red


Haplochromis sp. All Red

  • Common name:  Unknown
  • Location and Lake collected from:  Lake Edward, Lake Nawampasa, and Lake Victoria on the Ugandan side.
  • Approximate size:  6 inches
  • Food:  They are not a picky eater and will eat flake, brine shrimp, daphnia, mosquito larvae and pellet foods. 
  • pH:  7.5 – 8.3
  • Temperature:  75 – 82 degrees F.
  • Breeding behavior:  Mouthbrooder.  My Lake Edward All Red males get very aggressive and only 1 male per tank is recommended.   Also recommended is to have 3 or more females for each male.  They like to have rocks and plants to hide in.  Females brood for 12 – 18 days with a brood size of around 60 – 70 fry for a 5.5-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.  Newly released fry are not picky about their water conditions.   Most spawns can be kept in a 30 – 40 gallon tank up to an inch in size.
  • Tankmates:  I have some of mine in with Cynotilapia afra “Black Eastern”.  I have seen the Haplochromis sp. All Red from Lake Nawampasa kept with Pundamilia nyererei, and Paralabidochromis chromogynos from Zue Island.  I have seen the Haplochromis sp. All Red from Lake Edward in with Neochromis rufocaudalis (nigricans) and Astatotilapia sp. Tricolor Fulu Uganda.  I have seen people attempt to keep them with Lipochromis parvidens without much success.
  • Tank size:  I had 1 male and 3 females in a 40 gallon cube (24x24x18) aquarium. 
  • Additional notes:  You can distinguish between Lake Edward All Reds and Lake Nawampasa All Reds by looking at the male coloration.  The Lake Edward All Reds have a mostly red body, a black stripe down through the eye, and a black spot at the base of the tale.  The Lake Nawampasa All Reds have a light greenish-yellow body with black stripes on the lower two-thirds of the body, and a red top portion of the body from nose to tail (the red coloration is similar to a Pundamilia nyererei), and a black stripe down through the eye.  The females look very similar to each other.  The coloration for the All Red from Uganda ranges from a red patch behind the gills with a blue dorsal fin, to a complete redfish from nose to tail with a blue dorsal fin.

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