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Haplochromis sauvagei

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Haplochromis sauvagei is a species of cichlid endemic to Lake Victoria. This psecies inhabits the littoral (lake) zone over the hard substrate, preferably sand.

Submitted by
Natasha Khardina
GPS
0.3117440, 33.7678452
Geographical region
Eastern Africa
Drainage Basin
Nile
River catchment
Water body type
Lake
Water body name
Victoria
Water body part
Water body course
Water body: tributary of
Tributary name
Type locality
Lake Victoria
Conservation status/IUCN Red List
Vulnerable (VU)

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Clear water
Water transparency
Medium
Concentration of sediments
Low
Water temperature
23-26 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
7.5-9.0
Conductivity
GH
KH
Dissolved Oxygen

Biology

Standard length
10.5 cm
Water volume (min. aquarium)
300 l
Social behaviour
Group fish
Behaviour description

Active, not aggressive except during breeding time, and even then it’s not that aggressive as other Haplochromine cichlids. This fish will defend his spawn with constancy and vehemence.

Aggression grade
Aggressive/territorial
Activity
Day active
Sexual dimorphism

Haplochromis sauvagei are unique in that females are not drab in color – they are bright yellow with black markings! Males will develop red, orange, yellow, and green coloration.

Nutrition in Nature

Feeds mainly on gastropods, bottom deposits, which include insect larvae, copepods and diatoms, and Insecta.

Reproduction

Breeding tank set-up

The reproduction is fairly easily and much like other Victorian Haplochromines. Haplochromis is a polygamous fish that naturally lives in a harem.

Nutrition parents

Haplochromis sauvagei is an insectivore species. It can be fed dry food (flakes, granules), fresh food and frozen food. To avoid deficiencies, it is recommended to vary the types of food.
As with all fish, they should not be overfed to avoid polluting the water.

Mating type
Polygamous
Spawning behaviour

Maternal mouthbrooder. Very easy to breed, the female will hold the eggs for 3-4 weeks and will breed every 6 weeks.

Breeding habits
Mouth brooders
Hatching period
Number of eggs in average
Variable
Parental care
Yes
Fry number
Variable
Nutrition fry
Notes on reproduction

Males have the particularity of being particularly oppressive with females, and this behavior can tire females to such an extent that it sometimes leads to their death. It is important to set up a planted aquarium with plenty of refuges.