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Haplochromis sp. 44 "Red Tail"

By H. Blair Howell

Male Haplochromis sp. 44 "Red Tail" © H. Blair Howell

Common Name: sp. 44
Latin Name: Haplochromis sp. 44 "Red Tail"
Origin: Lake Victoria
Temperature: 75 - 82
Ease Of Keeping: advanced
Aggressivness: Highly aggressive
Size: 4 - 5 inches
Tank Size: 30 gallons
Food: Feed a good quality flake food
Spawn: Maternal mouth brooder
Comments: This is a highly aggressive cichlid as are most Victorians. Like many of the Victorians this fish may be extinct in the lake due in a large part to the introduction in the 1950's of Nile Perch to Lake Victoria. Nile Perch are a large(up to 300 lbs) predator and have all but wiped out the cichlid populationin the lake. The male pictured is my 3 year old and while he shows beautiful markings his mouth is not quite right due to lots of fighting over his lifetime.

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