Victoria biglip hap cichlid - Haplochromis chilotes
Scientific name: Haplochromis chilotes
Common name: Victoria biglip hap cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 14 - 16 cm (5.51 - 6.3 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 10 - 20°N (178.57 - 357.14ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 20 - 24 °C (68 - 75.2°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
Spirulina flake, spinach and shrimp pellets are ideal for this fish. Victoria biglip hap cichlids should also be given treats of blood worms and brine shrimp.
Africa; Victoria biglip hap cichlids are found in Lake Victoria.
Males will grow a lot larger than the females and display much more colouration. The females will have a silver green body colour with clear fins.
No pair bonding is formed; the male will drift from female to female as he pleases. The female will mouth brood the eggs for 15 days and will take the fry back into her mouth at danger for another week. The fry will be slow growing; it can take a year for a juvenile to develop into an adult.
The expected life span for Haplochromis chilotes is 8-10 years.
Haplochromis chilotes will require a large tank with plenty of hiding places. One male should be kept with a harem of 3-4 females. Some specimens can be aggressive but generally they are classed as semi-peaceful.
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