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Blue Ahli

Lake Malawi Haplochromis African Cichlid

Blue Ahli - Coloring

Electric Blue Ahli Cichlid, Sciaenochromis ahli
Blue Ahli

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 - Aquarium Setup

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.

Blue Ahli - Compatibility

Blue Ahli are compatible with Haplochromis Cichlids such as the Blue Dolphin Hap, Malawi Eye Biter, Red Finned Borleyi. Blue Ahli also make good tank mates with Peacock Cichlids and synodontis catfish. The Blue Ahli is very aggressive and can hold its own with Mbunas.

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.

Electric Blue Ahli Cichlid, Sciaenochromis ahli
Blue Ahli

Blue Ahli - Breeding

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 brood.

Blue Ahli - Profile

  • Scientific Name: Sciaenochromis ahli

  • Family: Cichlid

  • Temperature: 24 - 26 C; 75 - 79 F

  • pH: 8

  • Size: 20 cm; 8 inches

  • Life Span: 10 years

  • Breeding: Normal, Egg Layer, Mouthbrooder