Sciaenochromis fryeri - Electric Blue Cichlid - Second Nature Aquariums

Sciaenochromis fryeri – Electric Blue Cichlid

Electric Blue

Common name: Electric Blue
Latin name: Sciaenochromis fryeri
Synonyms: Haplochromis fryeri, Haplochromis jacksoni
Similar fish: Often confused with or sold as Sciaenochromis ahli
Size:15-20cm, sometimes slightly larger.
Water chemistry: pH 7.5-8.5; GH 100 – 300ppm; Temperature 23 – 28?C
Natural habitat: Lake Malawi, Africa. Found throughout most of the lake.
Aquarium care: Easy to keep. S.fryeri is usually fairly peaceful but will harrass other males of it’s species. Keep them somewhat crowded and provide plenty of hiding places to minimise aggression. Rarely suffers from any diseases but is susceptible to bloat. Maintain clean water, stress-free conditions and feed a good quality food such as New Life Spectrum to avoid bloat issues. An occasional light feeding of brineshrimp is fine but unnecessary if feeding a good quality prepared food.
Breeding: Mouthbrooding egg-layer. May hybridize with other Mbuna.
Other info: Only the males of this species are colourful. Despite this drawback, Electric Blue’s have become a mainstay in the hobby, with seemingly limitless popularity. Several captive-bred colour morphs have been established, including ‘White Knight’, a iridescent pastel blue morph. In the wild S.fryeri is a predator of cichlid fry and other small fishes. It is not necessary or recommended to feed live feeder fish to this species in captivity.

01 September 2012 by SNadmin
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