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)
Personal notes: I obtained this species as fry in March 2011, and then a few more from a different source in the summer. They bred for me at about 1.5 inches for the first time in October 2011. So far the dozen Kenya golds are doing 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.
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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