Name:    Haplochromis sp. "fine bar scraper"

Synonym:    NA

Common name:    NA

Location:    Lake Victoria

Adult size:    Male: 3 1/2  inches (8 cm),  Female: 2 1/2 inches (6 cm)

Diet:    algae grazer

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Personal notes:  The Denver Zoo released some of their finebar scrapers to a member of the local Denver club.  That hobbyist bred them and sent some of the fry to a member of the Ohio Cichlid Association (OCA).  The OCA victorian enthusiast in turn bred another generation of finebar scrapers.  

I bought 14 of these finebar scarpers from that OCA breeder in July of 2004 and initially placed them in a 40 gallon long grow out tank.  Within weeks, the tiny little one inch female (see below) was holding.  I found this to be a small very active Victorian.  While there was lots of chasing, there was never any damage done, not even a bit of fin-nipping.

The above picture shows a young 2 1/2" (6 cm) male Haplochromis sp. "Finebar Scraper"

The above male is showing off to a female.

The above pictures show a young 1" (2.5 cm) holding female:

Pictures above show the 2" (5 cm) adult female.  As they got a bit older, the females changed from bright silver to more of a checkered grey pattern.

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