Mylochromis lateristriga

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 24 cm - 10"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English names : Basket Hap, Giant Flame Oxyrhynchus, Haplochromis Flame Oxyrhynchus, Happy
Large cichlid that only can be kept in a very large aquarium.  The aquarium should be decorated with a thick substrate of fine gravel or sand and a lot of rocks and stones on the sides and background that form caves and crevices.  Some hard plants such as Anubias can be used for decoration as well.  You should leave a lot of free swimming space.  You can keep them together with other large cichlids.  A regular changing of the water is necessary.  A territory is made. 

You should give them strong live or frozen food such as mosquito larvae, Tubifex and beef heart.  Dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is rather easy.  Up to 60 eggs are laid.  Immediately after that the female takes the eggs in her mouth.  They are fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  After 3 weeks the young fishes leave the mouth of the mother.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed dry food.

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