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 Profiles Victoria Basin Cichlids Neochromis sp. "Bihiru scraper"
Neochromis sp. "Bihiru scraper"
Scientific Name: Neochromis sp. "Bihiru scraper"
Pronunciation: n--kr-ms
Geo. Origin: Lake Victoria
Habitat: Precipitous Rocky Habitat
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 5 1/2"
Temperature: 74-78°F
pH: 7.2-8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 3
Photo Credit: Richard Velay
Neochromis sp. "Bihiru scraper" is endemic from Bihiru island, living in steep to very steep shores from 2 m to at least 9 m deep. It's an undescribed species of the Neochromis genus, the fish of this lineage are epilithic algae scrapers, restricted to rocky habitats. Males defend territories while the females are moving in schoals to scrape off the aufwuchs and blue green algae. N. sp. "Bihiru scraper" is a polymorphic species, having one bicuspid and one unicuspid morphs living together in the same rocky substrate. No differences are visible on the females, they both exhibit the same dress pattern. This is a mbipi fish, being quite territorial and aggressive just as the mbunas in the lake Malawi. A minimum 90 gallon tank is required as this fish grows to 14 cm when adult. It lives in sympatry with N. greenwoodi, N. gigas, Mbipia mbipi in the wild but differs in the distribution of the red color on its caudal and anal fin, having more red color than the two above.
 Profiles Victoria Basin Cichlids Neochromis sp. "Bihiru scraper"
 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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