Other Blue Ahli Names:
Blue Ahli, Blue Hap, Electric Blue Ahli
Blue Ahli Scientific Name:
Sciaenochromis ahli, Cyrtocara ahli, Haplochromis ahli, Haplochromis jacksoni
Blue Ahli Temperament:
Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Malawi
Blue Ahli Adult Size: 7 inches (cm)
Blue Ahli Life Expectancy: 11 years
Blue Ahli Habitat: East African Lake Malawi
Blue Ahli Minimum Tank Size:
Very aggressive and territorial
Blue Ahli Diet & Nutrition:
Live; crustaceans, small fish, aquatic insects, insect larvae; tablets; pellets.
Blue Ahli Description:
Blue Ahli (Sometimes called Blue Haps or Electric Blue Ahli) are a popular aquarium fish. They originate from the African Lake Malawi and are one of the varieties of Haplochromis cichlids. This species starts life as a no-so-colorful gray fish. The females retain this gray color throughout their lives, but the male develop a striking blue coloration. They are a large, fast swimming fish, so a 6 foot long tank is ideal for them.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other Haplochromis cichlids or peacock cichlids.
Blue Ahli Breeding & Spawning:
The Blue Ahli is a mouth brooder. The female will lay the eggs to be fertilized by the male. Once fertilization has occurred, the female will take the eggs into her mouth for a period of about 2 weeks. Females should be seperated once they are mouth brooding to prevent them from being picked on by other fish during this somewhat defensless time. The mothers are good parents and can be left with the fry after the eggs hatch.
Determining Blue Ahli Sex:
Males are easy to sex past juvenile stage because males are bright blue and females remain grey.
Blue Ahli Diseases:
Very sensitive to water pollutants
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