Name:   Astatoreochromis alluaudi  (Pellegrin, 1904)


Common name:    Alluaud's Haplo

Location:    Lake Victoria, Lake George, Lake Edward, Lake Kyoga and several rivers

Adult size:    7 inches (19 cm)

Diet:    mollusk crusher (omnivore)


Personal notes:  I believe that this species was lost to the North American hobby for quite a few years although it is fairly common in Europe.  I was very fortunate to obtain seven Astatoreochromis alluaudi from Marco Weiss in Germany.  This was made possible through the efforts of administrators at the now defunkt web forum "Cichlids of Victoria .com".  When they arrived in May of 2010 they were 2 inches to 3 inches long.  I lost two of them in the first few months but still had 2 males and 3 females from the original shipment.  They bred twice in June 2010 and then once again in September 2010, February 2011 and March 2011.  They produced fry about every other month.  I have these five cichlids in a single species 75 gallon tank with rocks, sand and a few Anubia barteri and java fern plants.  They are a bit shy, but that may be because there are so few fish in the tank.  The dominant male shows great color pretty much all the time.  I've been able to keep 2 or 3 males in a tank, however it's rare that any sub-dominant male will show anywhere near as much color.  There is a lot of chasing but the aggression isn't all that bad.  Although I don't feed them snails, they did clear out all the malaysian trumpet snails in a couple weeks.

Now years later I'm maintaining my third breeding colony fom this original stock.  I currently have 2 males and 10 females in a 75 gallon tank.  I've distributed a few hundred alluaudi to other hobbiests.  Since it is a widely distributed riverine it isn't endangered in the wild, and therefore isn't a C.A.R.E.S. fish.

Above is the dominant male Astatoreochromis alluaudi

I took the above pictures when my male was enticing one of his ladies to breed.  After watching the courting for over two hours, they bred after I left.  With 26 fry from the first brood, I sent half to one of the administers at CichlidsOfVictoria and raised the other half.  My second generation group is producing fry monthly.

The above mature female isn't as colorful as the male, but for a Victorian cichlid she is pretty colorful.

Above is the dominant male.

The young male above has more distinct vertical barring and is not quite as yellow as the fully mature adult.

Above are a couple of young females.

Above is the holding female moved to a 10 gallon breeder tank.  And then the fry growing out

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