Malawi Eye-Biter (Dimidiochromis compressiceps)
568 Litres (150 US G.)
19-23 cm (7.5-9.1")
7.9 - 8.2
22 -28 °C (71.6-82.4°F)
This animal is available captive bred
- Malawi Eye-Biter, Malawi Eyebiter
Additional scientific names
- Haplochromis compressiceps
Origin[edit | edit source]
- Endemic to Lake Malawi.
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- Mature males will be a vibrant blue colour, occasionally showing red on the edges of their fins. Females are pale-blue/silver with a dark stripes.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- Can be aggressive and territorial towards one another. Either best in large species tanks or with similar sized robust tank mates.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- These fish love eating live food, also flake, brine shrimp and cichlid pellets can be thrown in.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Depending what you feed them, 1-2 times a day like most other fish, if live food then once a day usually.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- Must have a large aquarium with excellent filtration. Some hiding places in rock work is appreciated and a soft substrate is recommended.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- Aggressive towards each other. Generally can mix with other semi-aggressive fish, they tend to keep to them self unless mating. Usually they feed top-mid since they like to hide in reeds or other tall plants to ambush their prey.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- Compressed body. Large protruding lower jaw and unique iridescent blue in colour. Females are normally silver with the typical black striped along their bodies.
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