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Sciaenochromis

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Sciaenochromis
Sciaenochromis fryeri
 
Sciaenochromis fryeri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
 
Phylum: Chordata
 
Class: Actinopterygii
 
Order: Perciformes
 
Family: Cichlidae
 
Genus: Sciaenochromis
Eccles & Trewavas, 1989
Species
See text.

Sciaenochromis is a genus of cichlid fish endemic to Lake Malawi in east Africa. It includes at least 4 species. The species are popular in the aquarium hobby most notably S. fryeri, known in the aquarium trade as the electric blue. All Sciaenochromis are piscivores (fish-eaters) and prey mainly upon the fry of mbuna and other Haplochromine cichlids.

Species

  • Sciaenochromis ahli (Trewavas, 1935).
    Sciaenochromis benthicola Konings, 1993.
    Sciaenochromis fryeri Konings, 1993.
    Sciaenochromis psammophilus Konings, 1993.

In the aquarium

Sciaenochromis fryeri
Sciaenochromis fryeri

Like all cichlids from Lake Malawi these cichlids are best maintained in hard, alkaline water. Sciaenochromis are best kept in aquariums with volumes greater than 120 l (31.5 gallon).

References

  • "Sciaenochromis". FishBase. Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly. May 2006 version. N.p.: FishBase, 2006.

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