Sulphurhead hap - Otopharynx lithobates
Scientific name: Otopharynx lithobates
Common name: Sulphurhead hap
Usual size in fish tanks: 15 - 16 cm (5.91 - 6.3 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 7 - 22°N (125 - 392.86ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 80.6°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: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Provide Sulphurhead haps with cichlids pellets as the staple diet but include some spirulina flake as well. They will also require meaty foods in the form of live or frozen treats to fulfil their needs.
Africa; Sulphurhead hap is endemic to Lake Malawi.
When juveniles, there is no differences between the sexes. As they mature the males will develop a blue coloration to the body with a yellow border to the dorsal fin. Males will also grow larger than the females.
The eggs will be laid on a flat rock and once fertilised, the female will pick them up in her mouth. The brooding normally last for about 3 weeks and during this time she may refuse to eat. Once the fry have been released, they can be fed on daphnia or newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Otopharynx lithobates is 8 years.
This hap is a peaceful species that very rarely shows aggression to other tank mates. It doesn’t like burrowing in the substrate so plants can be added to a species tank without them being uprooted.
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