Basket hap - Mylochromis lateristriga
Scientific name: Mylochromis lateristriga
Common name: Basket hap
Usual size in fish tanks: 19 - 22 cm (7.48 - 8.66 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7.2 - 8.3
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 9 - 28°N (160.71 - 500ppm)
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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: aggressive to smaller
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Basket haps will accept dry foods but prefer live or frozen foods. Use a quality flake or pellets but ensure that you vary their diet with blood worms, tubifex, and beef heart. They will also benefit from feeding occasionally with some spirulina flake.
Africa; Basket hap is endemic to Lake Malawi.
Males tend to be larger than the females and will display more intense colouration.
Maravichromis lateristriga are mouth brooders. The female will pick up the eggs into her mouth and swim to the males “egg spot” on his fin, this is when he will fertilise them .It will take up to 3 weeks for the female to release the fry and at this stage, they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or crushed flake.
The expected life span for Maravichromis lateristriga is 8-10 years.
Basket haps are very territorial and need a large aquarium. Add plenty of rockwork to provide hiding places but leave open swimming spaces at the front of the tank. One male is best kept with several females.
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