Haplochromis nubilus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Victoria
Length : 13 cm - 5"
Min.length aquarium : 120 cm - 50"
English name : Blue Victoria mouthbrooder
During breeding times this fish is territorial and males are extremely aggressive to other males.  (males of other species as well).  The aquarium should be set up with stones and driftwood that create caves, because they need hiding places.  The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and enough free swimming space is appreciated.  You should cover the aquarium very well because they are good jumpers.  The fish is very sensitive for nitrate.  It is necessary to change the water  for 50 % every week..

You should give them live food.

Breeding is not difficult.  To restrain the aggression of the male to females it is wise to keep for each male at least 5 females.  20 - 40 eggs are laid.  The female takes the eggs in the mouth immediately.  The eggs are fertilized by the male using the dummy-egg method.  After 14 days the young fishes leave the mouth of the mother for the first time.  You can raise them with Artemia-nauplii.

Photo Credit

Kevin Bauman

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