Spindle hap

The Red Empress is widely distributed in Lake Malawi and occurs in sediment free, rocky habitats in depths of less than 10 meters.

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The Spindle hap lives in the benthopelagic, freshwater environment.

The Red Empress, also known as the Spindle Hap, is easy to moderate to care for, depending on the aquarist’s diligence in keeping water quality high. They are easy to breed and the male has beautiful coloring as long as water quality is kept high. More

glittering aquarium pet on this Spindle Hap Fish Italian charm is one of the cutest you will ever see. More

these Spindle Hap Fish italian charms are available for both wholesale and retail purchase from our store and are compatible with charms from all major brands. Frequently Bought Together Spindle Hap Fish Italian CharmSpindle Hap Fish Italian Charm$7.14 + StarterStarter 87 $7. More

Haplochromis Red Empress, Red Empress or Spindle Hap) is a utaka cichlid endemic to Lake Malawi in Eastern Africa. The fish is popular in the aquarium hobby due to the bright rainbow-like colors of adult males and its relatively peaceful temperament. More

Common names

Haplochromis fire blue in English
Haplochromis red empress in English
Kambuzi in Nyanja
Protomelas taeniolatus in Catalan (Català)
Spindle hap in English
Värttinämalawinahven in Finnish (suomen kieli)
条纹原黑丽鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
條紋原黑麗魚 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Perciformes
Family : Cichlidae
Genus : Protomelas
Species : Protomelas taeniolatus
Authority : Trewavas, 1935