Species Article: Lake Victoria & Area

Haplochromis sp. 'Kenya gold'

by Larry M. Caraballo

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Haplochromis sp. 'Kenya gold'


Haplochromis sp. 'Kenya gold'


Haplochromis sp. 'Kenya gold'


Haplochromis sp. 'Kenya gold'

I've been keeping Africans for about 9 years, mostly Malawians and Victorians. Haplochromis sp."Kenya gold" is one of the new imports from Lake Edward. Males have a yellowish/gold color with vertical barring & a horizontal line from the gill plate to the front of the tail. When in breeding the male's gold coloration intensifies bringing out the black markings on the side of the body & the pelvic fins. The female has the same markings on the body as the male but doesn't have the gold coloration.

I have a 5 inch male with 4 females in a 30 gallon tank. The tank consists of crushed coral, just enough to cover the bottom of the tank, & a hydro sponge filter to filter the tank. Their tankmates are Cynotilapia afra Lion's Cove. I use these among other afras as dither fish for my Victorians. The male "Kenya gold" can be very persistant when courting ripe females. I use flower pots and PVC pipes with a piece of slate on top to use as their spawning site. I was never successful keeping two males in the tank. I tried this twice and the dominant male killed both males with extreme prejudice. If one wants to keep more than one male in a tank I would use a 55 gallon or larger.

The female holds for about 2 to 3 weeks and I strip her when her throat cavity is dark. This indicates that the fry are far enough along to strip and gives you a successful rate of hatching. Females are good holders so there is no reason for tumbling eggs. I get between 35-55 fry from a 4 inch female. I usually have 2 females holding every 1 1/2 months.

I feed the fry crushed flakes (powered) till their big enough to eat frozen brine shrimp. Adults are fed frozen brine, spirulina flakes and pellets, and Life Spectrum pellets to help bring out the colors of all my Lake Victorian cichlids.

I do a minimum of two water changes every 7-10 days, alternating epson salt, baking soda, and aquarium salt in the process. If you want to try something different than the black fish with red fins try this species out.

 



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