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Blue Dolphin Hap for Sale
A wonderful African Cichlid fish from Lake Malawi in East Africa.
     
Blue Dolphin Hap for sale
     
Above: a beautiful young mature male Malawi Blue Dolphin Hap for sale in our online store.
     
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25H5

Blue Dolphin Hap for sale
Blue Dolphin, Hap Moorii Cichlid, for sale

 
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Lake Malawi
Blue Dolphin
Hap Moorii

 
Pictures: a 5" long male Blue Dolphin swimming in one of our aquariums.
 
Maximum size: 10" long
 
Scientific name: Cyrtocara moorii
 

 

       

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Blue Dolphin Hap for sale
Blue Dolphin, Hap Moorii Cichlid, for sale

 
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Lake Malawi
Blue Dolphin
Hap Moorii

 
Pictures: a 5" long male Blue Dolphin swimming in one of our aquariums.
 
Maximum size: 10" long
 
Scientific name: Cyrtocara moorii
 

 

       

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Haplichromis Cyrtocara moorii, Blue Dolphin African Cichlid, at AquariumFish.net. Click on the picture to see a bigger picture.
Blue Dolphin, Hap Moorii Cichlid, for sale

 
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Hap Moorii

 
Pictures: a 5" long male Blue Dolphin swimming in one of our aquariums.
 
Maximum size: 10" long
 
Scientific name: Cyrtocara moorii
 

 

       

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Above: In the picture, just above, a young mature male premium quality Lake Malawi Blue Dolphin Hap is swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.

Comments: These are fabulous fish with brightly colored blue males.

Origin: The ancestors of Blue Dolphin Haps lived only in Lake Malawi in East Africa. But now they live in aquariums all over the world.

There are often other Hap species for sale in this store. All the Malawi Haps are said to live away from the piles of huge rocks in Lake Malawi, where the more aggressive Mbunas live.

Maximum Size: In aquariums, males are said to grow to be about 10" long, but so far we haven't seen one bigger than about 6.5" long, including their tails, which is a very nice size for aquariums.

Females are smaller and remain gray-blue without the brilliant colors shown by males. Mature males usually grow a hump above their eyes.

Behaviors: All Haps are usually rather aggressive fish, but not as aggressive as the Mbunas that also originated in Lake Malawi.

Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include, Malawi Peacocks, mild tempered Mbunas like the Lemon Yellow Mbuna, and Synodontis Catfish, but not Cichlids from Lake Victoria nor Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika.

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Temperature: Blue Dolphin Haps live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.

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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food for this Cichlid species to eat.

It's best to feed them small pellets when they're small, then gradually increase the size, as they grow bigger.

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Water Conditions: Lake Malawi has hard alkaline water and that's best for all the fish, whose ancestors lived there.

But these fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity.

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Aquarium Size: Blue Dolphin Haps will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 120-gallons of water, but a bigger aquarium is better.

Each Blue Dolphin will need at least 5 to 10-gallons of water, and they'll live best in an aquarium with at least 12 other compatible Cichlids of about the same size.

Decor: Blue Dolphin Haps do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.

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Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but this fish will usually dig plants up, so most aquariums with Blue Dolphin Haps do not have live plants.

Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Most 120-gallon aquariums have room along the back for at least three Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of the minimum set up for Electric Blue Haps.

Better is a 150 or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back.

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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.

Life Span: Blue Dolphin Haps can live for several years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they'll most likely breed and produce the next generation of fish for your aquarium.

Gender: It's difficult to tell males from females, when they're small, but easy when they are mature, because the males change from gray to blue and begin to grow a hump above their eyes.

Breeding: Blue Dolphin Haps are mouthbrooders. A female lays eggs, a male fertilizes the eggs, and the female picks up the eggs in her mouth.

She'll brood them for about 3-weeks, then release them in the aquarium. They are miniature versions of their mother and very cute!

Click here to read more about breeding mouthbrooders.

Click here for a lot more about breeding various tropical fish in aquariums.

Popularity: Since maybe the 1980s the Blue Dolphin Hap from Lake Malawi has been a very popular aquarium fish.

Names: Their scientific name is Cyrtocara moorii.

Variations: There are no variations of this species that are known to us.

Click here for a lot more information about keeping and caring for Blue Dolphin Haps, including a picture gallery.

We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.

DrTom - 02/16/2014

 
   
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