Name:   Harpagochromis sp. "golden duck"

Synonym:    Haplochromis sp. "golden duck"

Common name:    Golden Duck  or Pallisa Black Slick

Location:    Lake Nawampassa

Adult size:    6 inches (15 cm)

Diet:    Piscavore


Personal notes:  I purchased a colony of Harpagochromis sp. "golden duck" from Jay Geiler in the summer of 2015.  They've grown quickly and produced three spawns so far.  If you have fry you don't intend to raise, the feeding frenzy is quite a sight.  I had some mbuna hybrids that bred regularly and used them as feeders.


This is one of those fish that don't look that great in the pictures but is a nice species to keep and observe.

Above is the dominant male Harpagochromis sp. "golden duck".  He is around 2 1/2 years old and 6 inches (15 cm) total length.  Note the pointed snout and the sharp teeth

When not in a dominant mood the male will fade quickly from solid black to the black/golden pitures above

The young adult males above are approximately 2.5 inches (6.5 cm) long.  The young males aren't showing the solid black color yet.

Above is one of the female Harpagochromis sp. "golden duck". She is also 2 years old and 5 1/2 inches (14 cm) total length.  The males and females are basically the same size and have similar looking egg spots.


Personal notes:  Previously I agreed to purchase a lone male Harpagochromis sp. "golden duck" from a hobbiest at the Ohio Cichlid Extravaganza in 2011.  I'm not at all convinced that I received what I was told.  It could be that this specimen was just an older male that attained a slightly different body shape as many Victorians are prone to do.  But I expected to see a cichlid with a bit more elongated body shape and more of a pointed mouth.  This fish was indeed quite old and didn't live for much more than a year.  It was a peaceful fish and I just enjoyed it for what it was.

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