The White Top Hara is a Cichlid that’s relatively new on the scene. It became popular in a short space of time because of its unusual coloring. Unlike other fish within the species, the females also carry the beautiful color of the male.
More interesting is that the color of the body can change depending on mood and whether or not it’s mating season. The color ranges from white with a pale blue tinge to an intense powder blue. The body always has thick blue stripes that can intensify depending on the circumstances.
While the male and female are both beautiful in the tank, the males are brighter in color. They’re also bigger and have more distinctive striping. In addition, the males have a white dorsal fin.
Native to Lake Malawi, the White Top Hara is a fish that likes digging. They will rearrange the substrate to suit themselves, so it’s best to secure the rock piles. Sticking heavier rocks to the bottom of the tank will prevent them from falling over if the fish dig away their support.
The White Top Hara will be happy with a lot of rockwork in the tank. The fish live in and around the rock and substrate, claiming territories as necessary. The species is relatively aggressive, but ensuring that each male has several females in his pack can solve this issue.
The male will guard his territory, living relatively peacefully as long as no other fish intrude on it. The fish breed quite readily in captivity. The females carry their eggs in their mouths for three weeks before they hatch.
Most White Top Hara on the market today are bred in captivity.
Pairing the White Top Hara with other rock dwellers might end badly. They will, however, co-exist peacefully with Mbuna like:
In such cases, overstocking the tank may be a viable way to control the White Top Hara’s hostile tendencies.
You may also pair them with:
White Tail Acei
Williamsi Blue Lips
White Top Hara thrive on a diet low in protein. They adapt readily to flake foods.
How big does a White Top Hara get?
The male grows to a size of around five inches. The females are slightly smaller.
What are other names for White Top Hara?
Confusingly enough, White Top Haras may be known as Blue Reef, Gallireya, or Zebra Hara. To add to the confusion, these fish are typically powder blue to dark blue in color, with both males and females being quite attractive.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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