Species Article: Lake Victoria & Area

'Haplochromis' thereuterion

by Greg Steeves

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'Haplochromis' thereuterion


'Haplochromis' thereuterion


'Haplochromis' thereuterion

A recent introduction to the American cichlid hobby is ‘Haplochromis’ thereuterion. Collected at Kissenda Island in Mwanza Gulf, Lake Victoria, in 1996, wild stocks are very rare at best. It is hardy in the aquarium so long as basic aquarium husbandry is followed and it is not housed with overly aggressive species. Presumably feeding largely on zooplankton, small foods such as daphnia and brine shrimp are relished in captivity. The thereuterion is often referred to as the Cyprichromis of Lake Victoria, however, this fish is much more aggressive than its docile Tanganyikan counterpart.

This C.A R.E.S species made its debut in North America as part of the trades taking place between Haplochromis.org and Hill Country Cichlid Club CARES.

 



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