Species Article: Lake Victoria & Area

Haplochromis sp. 'Kenya gold'

by Sean Furney

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Haplochromis sp. 'Kenya gold'


Haplochromis sp. 'Kenya gold'


Haplochromis sp. 'Kenya gold'


Haplochromis sp. 'Kenya gold'

A couple of years ago Laif DeMason gave a presentation and one of the species Laif mentioned in his talk was Haplochromis sp. "Kenya gold". During this presentation Laif discussed how he had imported this "dwarf" species from Lake Victoria and that in the wild this species attained a max size of 1.5 inches. Laif went on to mention that in an aquarium this species like many others grows to a larger size than in the wild, about 2.5" in length.

Of all of the Victoria Basin Cichlids that I have kept, this species is one of my favorites. Their smaller size and easy going demeanor, much like an "Electric Yellow", make them ideal for people with smaller tanks. Just add a couple rock piles or caves and get several females for each male and you're all set. Another desirable trait Kenya Golds have is their tolerance of water conditions. Keep your pH between 7.2 and 9, your water temperature between 75 - 82, feed them a good quality food and you should have no problems keeping them.

Like most African Cichlids, Kenya Golds are easy to spawn. My males would stake out a territory and chase any intruders out. Once they had spawned I moved my females into a seperate tank where after 15 - 20 days, the females would drop 10 - 15 fry. After being released, the fry could eat crushed flake foods, Baby Brine Shrimp, and other small foods.

 



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