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Exochochromis anagenys

Scientific name: Exocochromis anagenys
Trade name: ---
Natural habitat: Rocky environments
Food in the lake: Cruises through the rocky habitats to hunt after Mbuna.
Food in the aquarium:A mix of quality pellets, flakes, krill, artemia, etc fed sparingly. Fish meat can also be fed, as this cichlids is a piscivore. No mammal meat (unhealthy) or feeder fish (cruel)!
Behaviour in my aquarium: Relatively peaceful in my tank. This could be caused by the fact that I only have one male and no females, so there is no sexual drive.
Tankmates: Mid sized to large Haps. Preferrably no mbuna, as they are the natural food for the Exocochomis
Maximal size: Can vary quite a bit depending on water quality and food amount. Grows to about 25 cm.
Aquarium: At least a tank of  >500L with a sufficient amount of big rocks and caves. A sand bottom, pH between 7.5 - 8.5, temperature about 25°C


 Close-up from Exocochromis anagenys in my aquarium


Personal notes:

Not very common in both the hobby and the lake, what makes it relatively expensive. This predator is rather attractive through it's yellow colour (northern variant). As I only have one male and no females, I haven't observed any breeding. I've heard that females of this species are easily upset when they're holding fry, so they spit the eggs as soon as they're stressed. 


With wide open mouth. 


In breeding dress.

This male E. anagenys was shot in the aquarium of Nikos Tsitouras. The first traces of the male coloration are already evident in the facial area. Click on the thumbnails for the high resolution pictures. Photos by G.J.Reclos /MCH (August 2005).

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