This is a very pretty fish as it is young it stays a nice turquoise. As it matures it gets more spotted like in the Photo.
The Hap Pheno Star Sapphire cichlid is a popular species largely due to the vibrant coloring on the male fish. Like most cichlids, the coloring of the male and females differs greatly, with the male being the more vibrant of the genders. The males of this breed are an eye catching metallic blue with shimmering white and blue spots all over their body. The females are less eye catching. They are grey to blue with black vertical bars across their bodies. As the females mature, they may begin to develop more blue across their body. Male Star Sapphire Hap cichlids will grow to be about 10” long and females will grow to be just slightly smaller than the males.
The Star Sapphire is a Haplochromis from Lake Malawi and thrive with water temperatures of 78-82°F and a pH level of 7.8-8.6. The hap cichlid is mildly aggressive but a generally peaceful if kept in a tank with other hap cichlids that are similar in size and temperament. In order for the Star Sapphire cichlid to thrive, additives such as Cichlid Lake Salt can be added to create an environment that closely resembles the native environment of Lake Malawi. Male Hap Pheno Star Sapphire cichlids will be more aggressive towards other males and will also be more aggressive while mating.
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