Name: Haplochromis sp. "fine bar scraper"
Common name: NA
Location: Lake Victoria
Adult size: Male: 3 1/2 inches (8 cm), Female: 2 1/2 inches (6 cm)
Diet: algae grazer
Personal notes: The Denver Zoo released some of their finebar scrapers to a member of the local Denver club. That hobbyist bred them and sent some of the fry to a member of the Ohio Cichlid Association (OCA). The OCA victorian enthusiast in turn bred another generation of finebar scrapers.
I bought 14 of these finebar scarpers from that OCA breeder in July of 2004 and initially placed them in a 40 gallon long grow out tank. Within weeks, the tiny little one inch female (see below) was holding. I found this to be a small very active Victorian. While there was lots of chasing, there was never any damage done, not even a bit of fin-nipping.
The above picture shows a young 2 1/2" (6 cm) male Haplochromis sp. "Finebar Scraper"
The above male is showing off to a female.
The above pictures show a young 1" (2.5 cm) holding female:
Pictures above show the 2" (5 cm) adult female. As they got a bit older, the females changed from bright silver to more of a checkered grey pattern.
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