Saltwater Fish Profile: Tips You Should Know To Breed Haplochromis sp. Salmon

Haplochromis sp. Salmon (34893 bytes)
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  • Common name:  Hippo Point Salmon or Salmon Hippo Point
  • Location and Lake Collected From:  Hippo Point, Lake Victoria
  • Approximate size:  5 – 6 inches
  • Food:  Will eat flake, daphnia, brine shrimp, and should accept most foods without hesitation. 
  • pH:  7.6 – 8.5
  • Temperature:  86 – 82 degrees F
  • Breeding behavior:  Mouthbrooder.   Males start to develop adult coloration when they reach about 2 inches.  I have seen a 1.75 – 2 inch female brooding but she did not produce any fry.  My males are constantly aggressively chasing everything out of their territory.  Only 1 male for small tanks (40 gallons or less) or 2 males for larger tanks(50 gallons or more) is recommended per tank to help reduce aggression.  I had 4 males and 6 females (young adults between 1.5 – 2.5 inches) in a 55-gallon tank.  When the males reached 3 inches I had to remove 2 of the males so the females wouldn’t be chased continuously.  When I removed the 2 extra males, the aggression level went down considerably and the 2 remaining males no longer fought.  This species seems to get along better when they have target fish in the tank.
  • Tankmates:  I have seen them kept with Ladidochromis caeruleus.  I have kept them in with Protomelas taeniolatus “Red Empress” without any problems.
  • Tank size:  I have seen 1 male and 3 female adults in a 29-gallon tank, and I have 2 males and 6 females in a 50-gallon aquarium.
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