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Sciaenochromis fryeri
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Group Haplochromis
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Discovered By KONINGS 1993
Common Name "Electric Blue"
Fish Size min 6" - max 6" Inches
Min Tank Size 50 Gallons
Sexual Differences Males develop blue in the face, body and fins. The dorsal fin has a white rim running along the entire length and the anal fin may show hints of yellow, orange or red over the blue. Females stay silver, although it is not uncommon for mature females to show hints of light blue in the face, body and fins.
General Information Located throughout the lake. Found in a variety of habitats, all contain rocks. Often found in caves or hiding in cracks in the rockwork. Diet in the wild consists of small fish.

The aquarium should have some rockwork but still provide open swimming space both along the bottom and mid-tank region. Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food, supplement occasionally with frozen brine, krill or mysis.

Juvie in photo is just starting to develop his blue.

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