Name: Haplochromis sp. "dayglow"
Synonym: Xystichromis sp. "dayglow"
Common name: Dayglow Fulu
Location: Lake Kanyaboli and the Yala Swamp
Adult male size: Not quite 6 inches (14 cm), Females: 3 1/2" (9 cm)
The "Dayglow Fulu" comes from Lake Kanyaboli and the Yala Swamp. These are satellite lakes in Kenya just a bit northeast of Lake Victoria free from predation from the Nile Perch although some sources indicate that Yala Swamp has dried up. The Haplochromis (Xystichromis) sp. "daylow" is very similar to the Xystichromis phytophagus. According to Dr. Paul Louiselle, there are three differences, the tooth structure, the dayglow grows larger and a very slight color difference. There are those that feel the dayglow and the Xmas Fulu are the same species.
Personal notes: The Ohio Cichlid Association (near Cleveland) was given some Haplochromis sp. "dayglow" as a part of the species survival program by Dr. Paul Louiselle years ago. I obtained about 20 fry from a member of the OCA and these are the descendants of that original breeding colony. I bought them in October of 2003 and kept them in a single species 55 gallon tank. If you look at the picture at the bottom of this page you'll see that it took quite a long time before I was able to see any color at all. Initially they were all silver until one male finally started to show some red on his flanks. This is one of those Victorians where the color will come and go in an instant. They are a little bit shy and not particularly aggressive. As they got older, the females turned from silver to yellow/brown and the males developed a bulkier body shape.
Above is the 3 to 4 year old dominant male Haplochromis (Xystichromis) sp. "dayglow fulu" Unfortunately, the flash washes out the light blue face.
Above are several of the older (5 year old) adult females.
Young 2 year old adult males above.
The above male is enticing the female to breed.
The above left 2 1/2" ( 6 cm) female is holding eggs/fry:
The picture above shows the sub-dominant male.
Above left; the dominant male at about 1 year old. Above right; the young male finally shows a bit of red.
Above is the old dominant male. Note how different the color is, although it can change right back in an instant.
The above picture is a mix of females and sub-dominant males. The pure silver ones are males and the ones with a yellowish tint are the females.
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