Azure hap - Sciaenochromis fryeri
Scientific name: Sciaenochromis fryeri
Common name: Azure hap
Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 13 cm (3.94 - 5.12 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8.3
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 10 - 24°N (178.57 - 428.57ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 78.8°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Africa
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
Use a quality flake or cichlid pellets for the staple diet. Vary this with treats of mysis, krill or brine shrimp. Always take care not to overfeed as these fish are prone to Malawi bloat.
Africa; Azure haps are endemic to Lake Malawi.
Males will be slightly larger than the females and display a bright blue colouration. Females are duller with a brownish or silver body colouration.
The males will dig a pit into the substrate near some rocks and the female will then deposit one egg at a time onto the actual rock. The male will flick each egg in turn with his tail at the same time fertilising them. Once fertilised, the females will scoop the eggs into her mouth and incubate them for 21-28 days. When the fry have been released they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Azure hap is 10 years.
Add plenty of rock work to the tank to create caves and hiding places. It is best to keep one male with several females, be careful which other species are added to the tank as they will try to cross breed resulting in hybrid fish.This species may be aggressive towards other Cichlids, however not against all. Provide them with enough swimming space.
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