Haplochromis aeneocolor

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Uganda
Length : 8,5 cm - 3.3"
Min. length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
Males are very aggressive to each other.  Only in a large aquarium you can keep more then one male.  Every male has a territory with several females.  You should set up the aquarium on the sides and background with stones and rocks that form caves and hiding places.  Some hard plants such as Giant Vallisneria can be used as well.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.  In their natural habitat they eat detritus.

Breeding is not easy.  The eggs are laid in a pit they have dug before.  After that the female takes the eggs in her mouth immediately.  The eggs are fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  The female retires between the rocks, because the male chases her.  When the young fishes are released you can raise them with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed dry food.

Photo Credit

Kevin Bauman

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