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 Profiles Victoria Basin Cichlids Haplochromis sp. "blue obliquidens"
Haplochromis sp. "blue obliquidens"
Scientific Name: Haplochromis sp. "blue obliquidens"
Pronunciation: hp-l-kr-ms
Geo. Origin: endemic from Makobe island, Speke Gulf Tanzania
Habitat: rocks and emerged plants interface at Makobe island
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Substrate Spawner
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 3.5"
Temperature: 74-78°F
pH: 7.2-8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 3
Photo Credit: Paul Burridge
Haplochromis sp. "blue obliquidens" hasn't been described yet but all its morphologics features including dentition are similar to Haplochromis obliquidens versu stricto, the main difference is the body color being blue in this species while H.obliquidens is yellow with a red dorsal band in (Seegers and al.2008). The "blue obliquidens" lives mainly in shallow waters over rocks where emerged plants have their roots in the water at Makobe island, he is the most abundant cichlid encountered in this particular habitat. Blue Obliquidens is rarely seen beyond a depth of 2 meters. It shares it's habitat with some other algae scrapers like Neochromis omnicaruleus, N.rufocaudalis, H.cyaneus, H.flavus, Mbipia lutea, M.mbipi, N.gigas. This is a prolific species with a bright blue body color and red fins that can be housed in a 55 g tank without any problems.
 Profiles Victoria Basin Cichlids Haplochromis sp. "blue obliquidens"
 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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