Haplochromis "Enterochromis" paropius belongs to a almost extinct trophic group, the detritivores. These detritus eaters have almost completely vanished from the lake. Before the introduction of the Nile perch it had a wide distribution in the lake with a slight preference to live over muddy bottom in sheltered bays. This a benthopelagic species eating diatoms and algae that live in the muddy substrate. It lives in large schoals in the wild, so it's best to keep this fish in large numbers. Males and females are peaceful even when spawning, so it should be housed with such peaceful species as H. piceatus, Pseudocrenilabrus victoriae, H. thereuterion, H. sp. "tipped blue". I do not recommend keeping this fish with the rock dwelling species (Mbipis) nor with the more aggressive species from the sandy habitats.
You will note that we have indicated the genus Enterochromis as a subgenus in quotation marks until a re-evaluation of Humphrey Greenwoods classifications is completed.