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I just got some of these and was wondering if they needed any special care. there is not a lot of info on these.


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 Post subject: Re: Sp.#35 tomato
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I never had them but I heard they can be aggressive.

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I was recently looking into these. Greg Steeves old article called them "mildly aggressive" and recommended a min. group of 8, multiple males OK.

I also saw old forum postings that suggested it was very hard to find true-to-form species in the U.S., that it was plagued with hybrids. Can anyone offer up to date info on this species?


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Some of the Euro guys state that this fish is a hybrid and has no known collection data from Victoria or any surrounding lakes. It is very possible it is a hybrid that someone came up with.

I have not kept them and am not sure about their history. but i hoped that shed some light.

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 Post subject: Re: Sp.#35 tomato
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It does, thank you. And it gives me more questions, too. If no known collection data, where does the #35 come from?

an excerpt from the Steeves' article:

"In 1999, a brief window opened and a couple "new to the hobby" cichlids arrived on the scene. One of the stunning species made available was imported as Haplochromis sp. "tomato red" originating from Kome Island. The Kome Islands are an archipelago southeast of Entebbe Uganda. This Island cluster consists of a large main isle known as Kome, and a number of smaller land masses primarily to the north and west. There is also a large Island called Kome east of Mwanza Gulf in the Tanzanian waters of Lake Victoria. Although I have not been able to pin down which of the Kome Islands that Haplochromis sp. "tomato red" originates, I suspect that the collection point is probably in Ugandan waters. "


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