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Fire Red Ugandan – Haplochromis sp. Fire


Common name: Fire Red Ugandan

Scientific name: Haplochromis sp. Fire, Paralabidochromis sp. Fire

Average Adult Fish Size: 10cm / 4 Inches

Place of Origin: Lake Victoria

Typical Tank setup: Rocky Rift Valley Lake tank

Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 150 Litres

Compatibility: All other Victoria cichlids and Malawi mbuna will be fine.

Temperature: 24-27 Deg C / 74-79 Deg F

Water chemistry:  pH 7.0-8.0

Feeding: Anything from flakes to pellets and from frozen to live foods. Each and every food offered is eagerly taken, which means that you should be cautious not to overfeed. Starving them once a week could be wise too.

Sexing: Males are considerably larger than females while the females are the usual (for Victoria rock fish) bland beige colour.

Breeding: As with most cichlids from the Rift Valley, these are mouth brooders.

Additional Information: This species belongs to the “rock fishes” of Lake Victoria and fully justifies the commercial name “fire” under which it is sold. This fish is very similar to Haplochromis sp. “Orange Rock Hunter” but it is not the same.