Haplochromis brownae
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Haplochromis brownae

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Synonyms: Astatotilapia brownae
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: Africa; Lake Victoria, Africa.
Main Ecosystem: Rift Lake; Rift Lake
Temperament: Territorial; Territorial, especially towards other Astatotilapia and fish of similar colour.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed flakes, pellets, and brine shrimp. Caves and hiding places among rocks are essential. Plants can be introduced without harm. Medium-hard water and a high pH is required at all times.
8 - 9
22°C - 28°C
72°F - 82°F
Potential Size: Male: 10cm (3.9")
Female: 10cm (3.9")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Dominant, mature males are yellow and red, with well defined egg spots and a blue tip to the dorsal fin. Sub-Dominant males are pale yellow. Females are grey-brown.
Breeding: Not difficult. One male and several females is the optimal combination, or in a large tank a sub-dominant male can be introduced for increased competition and colour. The eggs are laid in a pit dug by the male, then taken into the female's mouth. The eggs hatch after two weeks. Be careful not to startle the female as she may reject or swallow the eggs. The female will take care of the fry for up to four weeks from hatching.
Comments: Endangered in their wild habitat.
Main Colours: Yellow, Red, Grey
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Flat
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Submitted By: Adam
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