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Scientific Name: Haplochromis sp. "red tail sheller"
Pronunciation: h
Geo. Origin: Lake Victoria: Hippo Point & Mbita Point
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Peaceful
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 5.5"
Temperature: 74-78°F
pH: 7.2-8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 2


Adult Male


Adult Female

Holding Female

Dark Adult Male

Young Male

Young Subdominant Male

Very Old Male

Young Female

Young Dominant Male
Photo Credit: Kevin Bauman


Haplochromis sp. "red tail sheller" is a molluscivore. If it is ever classified it will likely be assigned to either the genus Platytaeniodus or Ptyochromis with other Victorian molluscivores. At the moment there is some disagreement on which genus is most appropriate. Although this species grows a bit larger (around 5 inches, 14 cm) it is not a particularly aggressive species. The males are blue colored but when a male is expressing his dominance he will turn a much darker blue. The females are a silver/grey color but do have a thin red color to their caudal fins. This is a rather prolific species which is why is is one of the more commonly available Victorian species.
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