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Greg Steeves wrote:Hi Chris
I'm sorry but I can give you no information on Haplochromis sp. Emerald fire"
Paralabidochromis sp. "red fin piebald" is found, as you said, in the Victorian Nile and much of the Kyoga drainage. It may be found as far south as Jinja Uganda. It has a wide distribution in the region. This species has the loose, elongated, fork-like teeth indicative of the genus. It grows to 12 cm with the females slightly smaller of the sexes. Although P. sp. "red fin piebald" is moderately aggressive, it can easily be bullied by comparably sized Pundamilia and other rougher cichlids. In a small tank the issue of aggression is more pronounced. A lot of time is spent 'grazing' objects, especially plants. As both sexes are piebald, it is a good candidate for mixing with another cichlids from the region with little chance of hybridization. Many of the "sheller" species as Ptyochromis sp. "salmon" or Platytaeniodus sp. "red tail sheller" work well as do other Paralabidochromis species such as members of the rock krib complex, chromogynos, and sp. "fire". The algae grazers, Neochromis work well although I would stick with sp."madonna" or rufocaudalis and avoid the other ob morphs of N. greenwoodi and N. omnicaeruleus.
Male co specs are sometimes hard on one another so one might find it best to maintain Paralabidochromis sp. "red fin piebald" in a harem situation. They are quite prolific and begin to spawn at a very young age (at 7 months on occasion). Brood sizes number in excess of 40 fry in large adult females.
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