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Scientific Name: Hemichromis lifalili
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Pronunciation: h
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Geo. Origin: Western and Northern Congo River Basin
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Habitat: Shallow Forest Streams & some Lakes
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Diet: Omnivore
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Gender Differences: Monomorphic
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Breeding: Substrate Spawner
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Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
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Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
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Maximum Size: 4.0"
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Temperature: 75-78°F
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pH: 6.0-7.6
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Water Hardness: Soft
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Difficulty: 2
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Photo Credit: Marc Elieson
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[The information furnished herein is based on the Loiselle revision of the genus (1979). Classificatory changes may be made pending a systematic revision of the genus currently in prep.] Among the most beautiful red Hemichromis species, some fish sold in the trade as H. lifalili are actually a very red variety of H. guttatus achieved through selective breeding. Mature females of these selectively bred H. guttatus are colored bright cherry-red, while males tend to a darker violet-red. Wild H. lifalili specimens generally exhibit a more reddish-orange coloration (Loiselle, 1979). H. lifalili exhibits an intense pattern of turquoise iridiophores on the head, operculum, body, unpaired fins, and caudal fin. This species also exhibits a round, ocellated dark median blotch situated above the midlateral line that can be obscured in mature specimens, but lacks a dark blotch on the caudal peduncle. Conversely, H. guttatus exhibits an oval-shaped dark midlateral blotch approximately one-third of which extends below the midlateral line. This later characteristic may be used to differentiate H. lifalili from the highly red variety of H. guttatus. â€"Randall Kohn
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