Electric Blue Hap Cichlid (Sciaenochromis Fryeri)
The Electric Blue Hap Cichlid is a captivating fish renowned for its striking appearance and vibrant coloration. Also known as Electric Blue Cichlid, or Blue Ahli, this species showcases a predominantly blue body with iridescent scales that shimmer in various shades of blue. They typically reach an adult size of around 6 to 7 inches in length.
In terms of aggression, the Electric Blue Cichlids exhibit a semi-aggressive nature, meaning they typically do not actively seek to bully other fish species. While their semi-aggressive behavior suggests that they can be kept with other fish, it is important to consider their unique requirements. These cichlids often occupy the rocky areas of their tank, limiting their frequent interactions with other species.
Suitable tank mates for Electric Blue Cichlids can be challenging due to their aggression and specific needs. One recommended approach is to explore species that naturally inhabit Lake Malawi, the native environment of Electric Blue Cichlids. However, many Lake Malawi species tend to be aggressive, making them less compatible choices. Cuckoo catfish and deep-water haps are among the better options for tank mates that can coexist with Electric Blue Cichlids.
Electric Blue Hap Cichlids are not shoaling or schooling fish; they can be kept individually or in small groups. It is recommended to have a minimum of 3 to 5 individuals to provide social interaction and reduce stress, but keep only one male per tank to avoid hierarchical and territorial aggression.
In terms of diet, Electric Blue Hap Cichlids are omnivorous. Their diet should consist of a variety of high-quality flakes or pellets designed for cichlids. Supplementing their diet with occasional live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, krill, and small fish will help provide essential nutrients.
Creating an ideal tank habitat for Electric Blue Hap Cichlids involves providing a spacious environment with plenty of open swimming areas. A sandy substrate is recommended, as it mimics their natural habitat. They do not have specific plant requirements, but the tank needs plenty of rocks to form a network of caves.
In terms of lighting, moderate to bright lighting is suitable for Electric Blue Hap Cichlids, as it helps enhance their vibrant coloration.
The recommended water parameters and tank size for Electric Blue Hap Cichlids are as follows: a minimum aquarium size of 55 gallons is recommended to accommodate their size and activity level. For an ideal community aquarium, a larger tank of 75 gallons or more is preferable. The water should have a pH ranging from 7.5-9.0, hardness between 10-20 dGH, and a temperature range of 76-82°F (24 to 28°C).
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