Above: In this picture a young premium quality Lake Malawi Electric Blue Hap is swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Comments: These are fabulous fish with brightly colored males. In fact this fish is considered to be one of the most colorful freshwater fish in the world.
Origin: The ancestors of Electric Blue Haps lived only in Lake Malawi in East Africa. But now they live in aquariums all over the world. All the Malawi Haps are said to live away from the piles of huge rocks in Lake Malawi, where the more aggressive Mbunas live.
Maximum Size: In aquariums, males are said to grow to about 8" long, but so far we haven't seen one bigger than about 7" long, including their tails, which is a nice size for aquariums. Females are smaller and remain grey without the brilliant colors shown by males.
Behaviors: All Haps are usually rather aggressive fish, but not as aggressive as the Mbunas that also originated in Lake Malawi.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include, Malawi Peacocks, mild tempered Mbunas like the Lemon Yellow Mbuna, and Synodontis Catfish, but not aggressive Mbunas and probably not Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika or from Lake Victoria.
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Temperature: Electric Blue Haps live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food for Cichlids like these. It's best to feed them small pellets when young, then gradually increase the size, as they grow bigger. In Lake Malawi the Electric Blue Haps eat small fish but do not require live fish when living in an aquarium.
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Water Conditions: Lake Malawi has hard alkaline water and that's best for all the fish, who's ancestors lived there.
But these fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity.
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Aquarium Size: Electric Blue Haps will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 80-gallons of water. Each Hap will need at least 5-gallons of water, and they'll live best in an aquarium with at least 15-other compatible Cichlids of about the same size.
Decor: Electric Blue Haps do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but this fish will usually dig plants up, so most aquariums with Electric Blue Haps do not have live plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Most 80-gallon aquariums have room along the back for two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of the minimum set up for Electric Blue Haps.
Better is a 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back. Click here to learn more about aquarium filters.
The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: Electric Blue Haps can live for several years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they'll most likely breed and produce the next generation of fish for your aquarium.
Gender: It's difficult to tell males from females, when they're very small and silvery, but easy when they are mature, because the males change from silver-grey to brilliant metallic blue, and the females stay silver-grey.
Breeding: Electric Blue Haps are mouthbrooders. A female lays eggs, a male fertilizes the eggs, and the female picks up the eggs in her mouth.
She'll brood them for about 3-weeks, then release them in the aquarium.
They are miniature versions of their mother and very cute! Click here to read more about breeding mouthbrooders.
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Popularity: Since maybe the 1980s the Electric Blue Hap from Lake Malawi has been a very popular aquarium fish.
The males are one of the most beautiful freshwater fish in the world.
Names: Their scientific name is Sciaenochromis ahli.
Variations: There are some subtle variations of this species, and that's to be expected, because this fish lives in many separated rocky reefs in Lake Malawi, which is a huge lake.
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DrTom - 04/14/2015
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