The Egyptian Mouthbrooder it is also referred to as the Haplochromis multicolor mouthbreeder. However, even though the descriptions of the fish are almost identical and I believe them to be the same fish, depending on the source you research, and how old that source is both names are correct.
One thing is certain, you must make sure you get the Dwarf Egyptian Mouthbrooder, or they may list it Mouthbreeder, the one with the mature size of 3 – 3.5 inches. All other varieties are HUGE 14 -24 inches full grown and will absolutely destroy your aquarium! The Beauty of breeding the Dwarf Egyptian Mouthbrooder is just how simple it can be to breed and keep this fish compared to just about any other egg laying fish that will care for its young.
The Basic Facts to Remember
Decades before there were African Cichlids clubs, websites, and stores that specialize in all things African Cichlid, there was only one, the Egyptian Mouthbreeder. Well, there were others from the Congo River, but the Egyptian was the first of the class that would become African Cichlids. You see they actually came from the part of the lakes famous for all the fish we classify as African Cichlids today.
When you see one today, you may wonder what all the fuss is about, the colors of the male, even at breeding time is not all that bright compared to the dullest of what we refer to as African’s today. It is also the only fish that looked like this, and even though dull by today’s standards, the fish that inspired generations of aquarists’ to explore and breed and grow a whole genre of the freshwater aquarium hobby, the African Cichlids of the great lakes of Africa. Quite a mighty little fish when you look at it that way!
- Species – Pseudocreniliabrus Multicolor
- Common Name – Egyptian Mouth Brooder
- Origin – East Africa
- Diet – Omnivorous
- PH Range – 6.5 – 7.5
- Temperature – Tropical 22°c – 28°c
- Breed Type – Egg Layer
- Max Size – 7.5cm
- Sex – Un-sexed