Haplochromis sp. “Kenya
This is a gorgeous little Lake Victorian cichlid. From what reports I
can discover on this fish, it comes from the Kenyan side of Lake
This is a very unique looking cichlid. The dominant males sport a
lovely gold colour. They also develop a red tail and have an almost
vertical black bar that goes through their eye, going from forehead to
the gill plate. When in dominant colouring they tend to not show their
horizontal and vertical stripes. Females do not have the gold colouring
and will show the striping. In the wild, this cichlid reaches a maximum
size of 1 1/2” (3.8 cm). However, in most aquariums “Kenya Golds” can
obtain a size of up to 3” (7.6cm).
The water temperature for “Kenya Golds” should be around 74-78F. The pH
should be 7.5 to 8.5.
As far as I can tell, “Kenya Golds” are omnivorous and will eat just
about anything that you give them. I feed my adults pellets, flakes and
occasional treats of live baby brine shrimp.
I received these fish from a friend in Texas who sent me a box full of
Victorian ‘goodies’ (These were Paralabidochromis sp. 'Rock Kribensis'
"Mwanza Gulf", Haplochromis sp. 'blue back', Pundamilia nyererei
"Python Island" and Mbipia lutea 'spotbar'). Most of the fry were
quite small yet, but the “Kenya Golds” were young juveniles. I placed
them into a 33 gallon tank by themselves. The tank has a gravel bottom.
There is a large Bolbitis plant that is attached to a large piece of
wood in the tank as well to give them some place to hide since they
seem to be very shy. This tank is filtered by a sponge filter and gets
weekly water changes of approximately 20%. The temperature in this tank
is 74F. I basically left them alone for several months except to feed
and clean the tank and filter. One day I noticed that one of the
smaller fish had a full mouth. I was unsure when she started holding
and figured I would catch her on the weekend and then remove the fry
then. The next day she was no longer holding. So, I had to wait. The
wait was not long. A short while later, I again saw a female holding
and this time I stripped her since none of the fry seemed to survive in
the main tank. I got 6 full term fry. The next time I got fry from the
“Kenya Gold” tank, I got a mouthful of 10 fry. All these fry were
placed in a 10 gallon bare bottom tank and were fed baby brine shrimp
and crushed flakes. So far all of the fry have survived.
This is a wonderful little Victorian cichlid! If you have limited
space, this is a fish you CAN have. It has looks, personality, and is
easy to keep. What more can you want from a cichlid?
Copyright 1999-2006 Lisa Boorman
Cichlid Aquarium by Dr. Paul Loiselle
Aquarium Atlas: Photo Index 1-5 by Hans A. Baensch, Gero W. Fischer
Victoria Rock Cichlids - taxonomy, ecology, and distribution by Ole
Cichlids II : Cichlids from Eastern Africa : A Handbook for Their
Identification, Care and Breeding by Wolfgang, Dr. Staeck, Horst
Dreampond : Drama in Lake Victoria by Tijs Goldschmidt
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