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 Profiles Victoria Basin Cichlids Haplochromis sp. "red tail sheller"
Haplochromis sp. "red tail sheller"
     
Scientific Name: Haplochromis sp. "red tail sheller"
Pronunciation: hp-l-kr-ms
Geo. Origin: Lake Victoria: Hippo Point & Mbita Point
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Peaceful
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 5.5"
Temperature: 74-78°F
pH: 7.2-8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 2
Photo Credit: Kevin Bauman
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Haplochromis sp. "red tail sheller" is a molluscivore. If it is ever classified it will likely be assigned to either the genus Platytaeniodus or Ptyochromis with other Victorian molluscivores. At the moment there is some disagreement on which genus is most appropriate. Although this species grows a bit larger (around 5 inches, 14 cm) it is not a particularly aggressive species. The males are blue colored but when a male is expressing his dominance he will turn a much darker blue. The females are a silver/grey color but do have a thin red color to their caudal fins. This is a rather prolific species which is why is is one of the more commonly available Victorian species.
 Profiles Victoria Basin Cichlids Haplochromis sp. "red tail sheller"
 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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