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 Profiles Victoria Basin Cichlids Harpagochromis sp. "orange rock hunter"
Harpagochromis sp. "orange rock hunter"
Scientific Name: Harpagochromis sp. "orange rock hunter"
Pronunciation: hrp--g-kr-ms
Geo. Origin: Lake Victoria, Gabalema island, Mwanza gulf
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 7"
Temperature: 74-78°F
pH: 7.2-8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 3
Photo Credit: Christophe de Medeiros
Haplochromis "Harpagochromis" sp. "orange rock hunter" is a remnant example of the great diversity in piscivores species, the Victoria lake exhibited before the Nile Perch usurped. There was a great number of fish specialized in eating other haplochromines, barbs and Victorians sardines, from the ambush predator to the open water hunting cichlid. Hap sp. "orange rock hunter” belongs to the piscivore trophic group, eating mostly young haplochromines inside the rock holes. It lives at steep shores with big rocks and crevices at only one place in the Mwanza gulf entrance. No need to tell that it's a very rare fish even in the wild. In aquarium, this is a quite peaceful fish but it should not be kept with little fishes that can be swallowed. Apart from that, it's quite prolific and the maintenance is easy in a 60 to 80 gallon tank due to it’s large size (more than 15 cm long) You will note that we have indicated the genus Harpagochromis as a subgenus in quotation marks until a re-evaluation of Humphrey Greenwoods classifications is completed.
 Profiles Victoria Basin Cichlids Harpagochromis sp. "orange rock hunter"
 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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