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 Profiles Victoria Basin Cichlids Haplochromis sp. "#44" thickskin
Haplochromis sp. "#44" thickskin
Scientific Name: Haplochromis sp. "#44" thickskin
Pronunciation: hp-l-kr-ms
Common Name(s): Haplochromis Obliquidens
Geo. Origin: North and eastern shorelines of Lake Victoria
Habitat: Shallow sandy habitat near shore
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Highly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 5"
Temperature: 74-78°F
pH: 7.2-8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 3
Photo Credit: Boris Gindin
This Victorian cichlid is commonly and incorrectly labeled Haplochromis obliquidens by many breeders and fish stores. Haplochromis sp. "thickskin" (which is sometimes referred to as Astatotilapia sp. "red tail" or Haplochromis sp. #44) is one of the most common Victorian cichlids available in the hobby. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most aggressive and it also seems to easily hybridize with almost any other Victorian in the tank. In the wild, Haplochromis sp. #44 "thickskin" consumes aquatic insect larvae. Supplement their diet with mosquito larvae, brine shrimp, cyclops, and or daphnia.
 Profiles Victoria Basin Cichlids Haplochromis sp. "#44" thickskin
 Key To Species Profile Terms
 Pronunciation: Refer to our Pronunciation Key for an explanation of the phonetic symbols.
 Habitat: This is the primary location where the cichlid is found and is a generalization. This does not
  mean a fish cannot be found in other habitats.
 Diet: Many cichlids specialize in eating one type of food; notwithstanding, some of these specialized
  feeders are flexible and can be opportunistic feeders.
 Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tankmates that
  are of a different species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to various factors,
  including aquarium size, tankmates of similar appearance, stocking levels, and order of introduction.
  There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
 Conspecific Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tank-
  mates of the same species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to such factors as
  aquarium size, stocking levels and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among
  individual specimens.
 Maximum Size: This is in regards to total length (including the tail) of typical aquarium specimens.
  Wild specimens may not attain this size, or may in fact grow larger than aquarium raised individuals
  due to various factors. Also consider that this is the typical maximum size and there are exceptional
  individuals that will exceed it.
 Difficulty: This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all other cichlids.
  This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding considerations.
  1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.
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