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Haplochromis obliquidens

breeding notes

BREEDING: Matriarchal mouthbrooder

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Would Haplochromis obliquidens be a good addition to a community tank?
  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Haplochromis obliquidens?
  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggresive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?
  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?
  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

How would you describe sex ratios when breeding Haplochromis obliquidens? If you are unsure please leave this question unanswered.
  1. Almost all males
  2. Somewhat male heavy
  3. Roughly equal
  4. Somewhat female heavy
  5. Almost all females

In general, how difficult is Haplochromis obliquidens to keep and breed?
  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How sucessful have you been at breeding Haplochromis obliquidens?
  1. Very unsucessful
  2. Fairly unsucessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly sucessful
  5. Very sucessful

Remember, each record represents only one persons experience; if you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences

Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Never
Spawning Method: Adult fish removed from tankBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Very unsucessfulYears Experience: 3
Other Comments: I bought a pair 3 years ago after seeing the stunning male at my LFS - luck would have it the female was available AND HOLDING - ie she was holding eggs in her Buccal cavity (Mouthbrooder)- I placed the female into a holding tank and she spat 12 fry 2 days later. The male in my Malawi tank was joined by the female 2 days later after re-conditioning. This pair breed regularly, the resulting fry have been either sold or I keep a few back and now have a colony of them - one male is totally Black with Crimsen fins - stunner. One male will become dominant and colour up - subordinate males dont colour up so well but they will fight with each other but no lasting damage. Very easy to breed, keep in Hard water and good filtration, feed Chichlid astax crumb/spirulina stix/earthworm stix. These fish start to breed at a very young age.
Date this record created: 14th December 2009Breeding date: 2009
Breeder: BungyLocation: Portsmouth, UK

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