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Scientific Name: Mbipia sp. "porthole"
Geo. Origin: Yala Swamp
Habitat: Swamps
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Highly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 5"
Temperature: 74-78°F
pH: 7.2-8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 4


Adult Male

Adult Male

Adult Male
Photo Credit: Greg Steeves


Originally collected from Yala Swamp on the northeast shores of Lake Victoria, Mbipia sp. "porthole" made its appearance in the hobby over 10 years ago. References to this Mbipia species variant go back even further. It gained some popularity among Lake Victoria species enthusiasts, but was never widely embraced. Unfortunately, M. sp. "porthole" seems to have disappeared entirely from the hobby. There hasn't been any mention of the species for many years and even the biggest Lake Victoria enthusiasts haven't kept them for some time. With the conditions in Yala Swamp, it is possible that M. sp. "porthole" is lost in the wild as well. Mbipia sp. "porthole" is very similar to Mbipia lutea, but lacks M. lutea's barring. M. sp. "porthole" is like other Lake Victoria species. They are hardy, aggressive fish that breed often. Best kept in groups of one male to multiple females.
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