Electric Blue Ahli
Sciaenochromis fryeri

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

5" - 8"

Minimum Tank Size

75 gallon


Blue, Orange, Red, Yellow



Water Conditions

Basic (7.4 to 8.6 pH), High Water Hardness (8+ dKH), 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Electric Blue Ahli (Haplachromis ahli) is a natural occupant of the natural coast, and rocky reefs of Lake Malawi. Within aquaria, the Electric Blue Ahli will typically reach a length of six inches, and can live for over ten years. Members of the scientific genus Haplochromis are typically a semi-aggressive African Cichlid, regardless of reaching a larger size.

Fecundity: The Electric Blue Ahli (Sciaenochromis fryeri) female may produce up to one hundred eggs per clutch. This African Cichlid will display acts of strong parental investment, utilizing the mouthbrooder reproductive behavior.

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): Boiled Cucumber, Brine Shrimp, Krill, Daphnia, Spirulina, Bloodworms, Blackworms, and Cichlid Pellet/Flake

Preferred Water Chemistry: Basic (7.4 to 8.6 pH), High Water Hardness (8+ dKH)

Dimorphism: The Electric Blue Ahli (Sciaenochromis fryeri) male will typically develop egg spots on the anal fin, as they mature. Also, it is likely that the male will have an elongated, and brightly colored anal fin. The male anal fin colors vary from yellow, orange, and red. The female will retain her short, round anal fin. Also, female Electric Blue Ahli will take on a more gravid appearance when ready to reproduce.

Compatibility: The Electric Blue Ahli (Sciaenochromis fryeri) are typically compatible with other Haplochromis, Synodontis, and mature Aulonocara. It is important to keep Electric Blue Ahli with, specifically, large male Aulonocara. If kept with female Aulonocara, it is possible the Electric Blue Ahli will attempt to outcompete smaller male Aulonocara, and hybridize with female Aulonocara.

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