Valid Name:   Haplochromis sp. "Kenya gold"

Common name:    Kenya Gold

Location:    Lake Victoria along the shores of Kenya (Hippo Point?)

Adult size:    male = 3 1/2 inches (10 cm),  female = 2 inches (5 cm) TL

Diet:   Omnivore (possibly a molluscavore or a insectivore)

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Personal notes: I obtained this species as fry in March 2011 from a Victorian enthusiast in Texas.  They bred for me at about 1.5 inches for the first time in October 2011.  The dozen Kenya golds did quite well in a single species 46 gallon bowfront tank.  Although a bit shy, they do wander out from under the rocks frequently.  It looks like I'm very fortunate to have a very female heavy colony.  The dominant male is in non-stop action.  I've since moved them to a 55 gallon tank with a reverse trio mbuna species.  They breed regularly, but not frequently.  This is a species I want to keep for a long time as I really enjoy them.  I have my next colony of 8 Kenya golds near breeding age now.

 As they get older, the males above are losing some of the greenish color and taking on more of the gold color.

 

The young 1.5 inch (4 cm) dominant male above still has some of the green coloring

The female Haplochromis sp. "Kenya gold" all share that distinctive horizontal stripe

 

 

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