Copadichromis borleyi

Redfin Hap Cichlid

13/04/2021 Off By Andy Ptyushkin

Copadichromis borleyi is a species of haplochromine cichlid fish endemic to Lake Malawi in East Africa. The species is popular in the fishkeeping hobby where it is frequently kept in aquariums. The species has numerous common names, including Redfin Hap and Goldfin Hap.

Copadichromis borleyi is a relatively small cichlid, males grow to 13 – 16 centimetres (5 – 6 in) total length, while females are typically slightly smaller reaching 13 centimetres. In addition to these minor difference in size, the species displays marked sexual dimorphism with males displaying larger ventral fins marked with egg spots, light-blue edging to the dorsal and ventral fins, along with metallic blue colouration of the head, and yellow to red flanks. In contrast, females are silver-to-brown and display three black spots along their sides. Juveniles are monomorphic and are coloured like adult females. Some intraspecific variation has been recorded with regard to colouration, these differently coloured forms are geographically restricted to certain localities in Lake Malawi.

Copadichromis borleyi is widespread in Lake Malawi, occurring along the coasts of Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The species is limited to littoral zones with large rocks and boulders.

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi

Has been bred regularly in the hobby. It’s a maternal mouthbrooder that utilises a similar breeding strategy to others in the genus. Ideally it should be spawned in a species tank, in a harem of one male and at least 3 – 4 females. It will spawn in a community situation, although the rate of fry survival will obviously be lower.

A generally peaceful species. It won’t do well when kept alongside rowdy or belligerent tankmates and certainly should not be combined with Mbuna. Also avoid similarly-coloured fish, as these may provoke an aggressive response.