Sciaenochromis fryeri is commonly called "the Electric Blue Hap" and sometimes just "Electric Blue." Often it is traded, or has been traded in the hobby using old scientific names applied to it, which were proven to be incorrect; Haplochromis jacksoni, Haplochromis cf. ahli, Haplochromis ahli, and Cyrtocara ahli.S. fryeri is best known for its stunning, electric blue color in the males. The females however are a generic brownish-grey to silver depending on their collection point. This blue color changes in intensity depending upon the male's mood (i.e., if another male or female is nearby). During spawning, or displaying to other fish, they will display dark vertical barring (see photo above).