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Otopharynx Lithobates Zimbawe Rock Lg Male

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Otopharynx Lithobates Zimbawe Rock Lg Male

Common name: Sulfur-headed hap

Scientific name: Otopharynx lithobates

Distribution: Lake Malawi

Habitat: Jumbled, rocky shores

Temperature: 76 – 80°F

pH: 7.5 – 9.0


Adult size: 6-7 inches

Sexing: Adult males are larger and more brightly colored than females, although nondominant males may sometimes resemble females. Difficult to sex as juveniles.

Diet: Unfussy feeder that accepts most dried fare supplemented by live or frozen foods. 

Conspecifics: Can be kept singly or in groups to disperse intraspecific aggression. Males are territorial during spawning.

Tankmates: Avoid very belligerent tankmates such as Melanochromis or Pseudotropheus as this is one of the more peaceful haps. Small fish may be eaten. 

Notes: Otopharynx lithobates derives its species name of “rock-treader” from its penchant for hanging near rocky structures—it is crucial to provide many caves and rocks for this fish to feel secure. In the wild, this species is an opportunistic feeder that hunts for small prey as well as sifts the sandy substrate to feed on the droppings of other fish.

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