Name:    Paralabidochromis chilotes "Zue Island" (Greenwood 1959)

Synonym:    Haplochromis chilotes   (Boulenger, 1911)

Common name:    Victoria big-lipped Hap

Location:    Lake Victoria (Zue Island in the Speke Gulf, Tanzania)

Adult size:    Males 5 1/2 inches (14 cm) and Females 4 inches (10 cm)

Diet:    insectivore

Haplochromis (Paralabidochromis) chilotes has a wide distribution throughout Lake Victoria and the various locations have different coloration.


Personal notes:  I received nine Paralabidochromis chilotes in May of 2011 and then another six a couple months later.  I have the variant from around Zue Island off the coast of Tanzania.  The coloration reminds me of my rock kribensis quite a bit showing a checkerboard pattern and a bit of red on the males behind the gills.  This is a very peaceful cichlid although male on male aggression does occur frequently.  They don't seem to be very territorial.  They turned out to be 3 males and 12 females (I think).  I thought I had only one male until he died and then another I thought was a female showed male coloration.


At first I assumed that they weren't breeding since I never saw a bulging or dark colored throat.  But when I noticed two of them not eating, I decided to investigate.  In February of 2013 I was rewarded with 16 fry from one female and 19 fry from another.

Above you can see the colony of (almost all female) Paralabidochromis chilotes

As a full grown adult this dominant 7" male Paralabidochromis chilotes "Zue Island" above was stunning when showing off to his females.

Above is my young dominant male 2.5 inch (6 cm) Paralabidochromis chilotes

Above are some of my young female 4 inch (10 cm) Paralabidochromis chilotes


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