Blue Ahli (Hap)
Blue Ahli are African Cichlids originating in Lake Malawi. They are also know as the
Blue Hap, as they are Haplochromis Cichlids. The males turn the electric blue color. Females and
juveniles are completely gray. Blue Ahli will eat flake foods,
algae based flake foods and cichlid pellets. Do not feed them live worms,
beefheart or live brine shrimp, as these can bloat and kill the fish.
Blue Ahli are very territorial, aggressive
fish. They need large swimming spaces, so a 90 gallon tank is
recommended. Rocks and other hiding areas can be provided, however they
traditionally stay away from the rocks due to fear of mbunas, like the Cobalt
Blue Zebra, the Red
Zebra or the Blue Johanni.
Neverthess, Blue Ahlis can hold their own against mbunas. There
should be little or no gravel in the tank. They
enjoy plants, but will destroy them.
A grouping including more than 10
haplochromis and peacock cichlids is recommended. Male Blue Ahli should
not be combined, unless they have adequate
hiding areas from each other. A single male with two or three females
works quite well.
Eggs are fertilized externally before
the female picks them up to brood in her mouth for a period of approximately two
weeks. This protection makes it easy to breed them in a community
tank. Move the female to a separate tank just before she releases the
||24 - 26
C; 75 - 79 F
||20 cm; 8 inches
||Normal, Egg Layer, Mouthbrooder
Haplochromis Cichlids such as the Blue Dolphin
Eye Biter, Red Finned Borleyi. Also Peacock
Cichlids and synodontis
catfish. The Blue Ahli is very aggressive and
can hold its own with Mbunas.