x2 Assorted Haplochromis Cichlids Lrg 4-6" Each Package
x2 ASSORTED HAPLOCHROMIS CICHLID - LRG 4"-6" - FRESHWATER LIVE FISH
Our Warehouse Staff will randomly pick two random haplochromis from the below selection:
-Eureka Red Peacock
-Blue Regal Peacock
-Lemon Jake Peacock
-Red Shoulder Peacock
-Blue Neon Peacock
-German Red Peacock
-Dragon Blood Peacock
-Red Fin Borleyi
-Protomelas Red Empress
-Electric Blue Ahli
Experience Level: Beginner
Size of fish - inches: 6.1 inches (15.49 cm)
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gal (208 L)
Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately hardy
Temperature: 73.0 to 82.0° F (22.8 to 27.8° C)
This fish is a Haplochromine cichlid endemic to Lake Malawi. It is one of four species in the genus Sciaenochromi, but it is the best known of the group. Other common names it is known by are the Electric Blue and Hap Ahli. The Hap cichlids are different from the Mbuna or rock-dwelling cichlids, as they are open water dwellers occurring in areas where the rocks meet the sand. Though not as aggressive or territorial as a Mbuna, this cichlid still prefers being around rocky areas where it can hide in caves or cracks looking for small fish to eat.
This is an ideal fish for the beginning cichlid keeper. The silver colored female may not seem like this is the best fish for a pet, but the brilliant blues of the male more than make up for the lack of color of the females. The females are handsome fish in their own right as well, in fact some females can eventually develop a faded light blue coloring when mature. In the aquarium this fish is moderately aggressive and predatory. It will eat any fish small enough to consume, but is easy to care for as long as it's not overfed. It does need good water conditions and a tank set up that is to its liking.
Provide a minimum 55 gallon aquarium that is at least 4 feet long (though 6 feet long is best). Keep one male with several females, 4 or more to prevent spawning stress. They can be housed with other Haplochromis and with peaceful Mbunas. They cannot be kept with Peacock Cichlids (Aulonocara species) because they are too similar in color and shape. The male will kill all Peacock males and hybridize with the females.
As with any fish ensure your tank falls between all of these parameters a few weeks before or during the whole cycling of the aquarium prior to getting your fish.
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