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Haplochromis latifasciatus - Zebra ObliquidensMagyarul / Hungarian
Haplochromis latifasciatus - Zebra ObliquidensHaplochromis latifasciatus - Zebra ObliquidensHaplochromis latifasciatus - Zebra ObliquidensHaplochromis latifasciatus - Zebra ObliquidensHaplochromis latifasciatus - Zebra Obliquidens
  • Scientific name: Haplochromis latifasciatus
  • Synonyms: Astatotilapia latifasciata
  • Common name: Zebra Obliquidens
  • Group: Cichlids
  • Habitat: West Africa; Uganda
  • Size: Male: 14 cm, female: 13 cm
  • Biotope: Found in Lake Kyoga and Lake Nawampassa, lives amond the aquatic plants surrounding the perimeter of the lake. These lakes are located north of Lake Victoria.
  • Social behavior: A relatively peaceful, solitary species. Can be maintained with other species of Victorian Haplochromines provided it is not bullied by larger species.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; Provide a varied diet high in protein such as krill, brine shrimp, pellets, and flakes.
  • Breeding: Quite easy
  • Tank: Minimum 180 litres.
  • Population: 1 male and 2-3 females for 200 litres
  • Decoration: Provide a few hiding places such as smooth stones, hardy aquatic plants, or other smooth structures.
  • Temperature: 23-26°C
  • pH: 7.2-8.6
  • Hardness: 10-25 NK°
  • Lifespan: 10 years

Description: They have a striking red-orange coloration on the ventral flanks against black bars on the adult males, which make this species a desirable aquarium specimen. Females generally obtain nearly the same size as adult males, but lack the brilliant coloration on the flanks, and eggspots are less conspicuous or absent. In the wild primarily an insectivore, but the diet ocassionally includes fins and scales of other cichlids. The fin- and scale-eating tendencies of this cichlid have not yet been observed in captivity. Adult males may also be aggressive towards females when not spawning. Raising a group of five or more fry is the best way to ensure obtaining both males and females if propagation is desired. Maturity occurs at approximately 4 cm (1.5 inches).

A maternal mouthbrooder. Males establish territories among the rocks, and spawning occurs within the rocks of the male's territory. Spawning is similar to other maternal mouthbrooders where a ripe female is attracted to a spawning site by male displays. A brooding female will seek refuge among the rocks. Eggs are deposited, then fertilized and brooded in the female's mouth. Female usually lays 20-60 eggs which depends from female size. The fry hatch in 8 days and on the 20th day they are free swimming. Feed juveniles with live baby brine shrimp and finely crushed spirulina flakes. Males will begin to color at 2,5-4 cm (1.0-1.5 inches).