Neochromis greenwoodi was previously known as Haplochromis sp. "velvet black" from the shores of the northern Mwanza Gulf and Speke Gulf. It was classified as Neochromis Greenwoodi by Seehausen, Lippitsch & Bouton in 1998. It is a littoral species found at every shore of the mainland but seems absent from the offshore islands. It has the widest alimentary regime consuming insects and algae as well. It is a relatively territorial and aggressive species that should not be housed with black bodied and red finned fishes due to the risk of conflicts and hybridization. Some orange blotched individuals may be found in females but this coloration is very rarely seen in males. It lives over a great diversity of rocky habitat but its maximum occurrence is in deep waters. It lives sympatrically with many others Neochromis species. It is found in very steeply sloping shores with big cervices and rock boulders.
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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.
This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all
This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding
1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.