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Location : NSW australia
Registration date : 2009-01-25

PostSubject: Sciaenochromis fryeri (Likoma Is.)   Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:49 am

Scientific Name: Sciaenochromis fryeri (Likoma Is.)

Pronunciation: s-n--kr-ms fr-r-

Common Name(s): Hap Ahli, Electric Blue

Geo. Origin: Likoma Island, Malawi

Habitat: Intermediate Habitat

Diet: Carnivore

Gender Differences: Dimorphic

Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder

Temperament: Mildly Aggressive

Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive

Maximum Size: 7"

Temperature: 78 - 82°F

pH: 7.8 - 8.6

Water Hardness: Hard

Difficulty: 1
S. fryeri, not to be confused with S. ahli which is not a glamorous or even easily acquired fish, is a staple fish in the hobby. This fish is never found in very large numbers but has a lake-wide distribution. The first specimens exported were captured from Maleri Island & Cape Maclear but since fishing restrictions have now been placed in these areas, most fryeri today come from Likoma Island & the surrounding reefs. The southern populations are distinguished by a beautiful white blaze that stretches from lips to dorsal fin. Most males from Likoma Island, however, lack the white blaze but have a more intense red anal fin. Females are very secretive. Mouthbrooding females hide among the rocks and release their fry after 3 weeks. This species is a true piscovore, feeding on very small mbuna & Copadichromis spp.

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