Common name: Haplochromis Thickskin, Haplochromis Obliquidens
Scientific name: Haplochromis sp. “#44” Thickskin
Average Adult Fish Size: 13cm / 5Inches
Place of Origin: Lake Victoria
Typical Tank setup: Rocky set-up is required tank with plenty of open swimming space
Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 200 Litres
Compatibility: Combine with other semi-aggressive African Cichlids, can be kept with some Lake Malawi species.
Temperature: 25-28 Deg C / 73-82 Deg F
Water chemistry: pH 7.2-8.6
Feeding: Omnivore – Best thrives on specially made African Cichlid pellets or flakes.
Sexing: Males are larger and much more colourful as adults, juvenile fish are difficult to sex.
Breeding: Haplochromis sp. “#44” Thickskin are maternal mouthbrooders like many of the African Cichlids. The male will entice a mate and as the female lays her eggs he will fertilize them. The process continues till all the eggs are fertilized and the female holds them in her mouth for 3-4 weeks during which time she does not eat.
Additional Information: This fish is actually more commonly available than it seems at first as breeders and shops often sell it under the false name of Haplochromis Obliquidens. This Victorian species is rather aggressive so tank-mates should be selected with care and are best limited to other African Cichlids who can hold their own. Along with aggression this is a species that can easily crossbreed so avoid keeping females of other Lake Victoria species with this fish. Males of a similar colour and pattern should also be avoided. Haplochromis sp. “#44” are beautiful fish and if kept with appropriate tank mates in a suitable set-up, hobbyists can reap the rewards of this amazing fish.
Croaking Gourami – Trichopsis vittatus
Large-eyed Mouthbrooder – Callochromis Macrops