Malawi Eye-Biter (Dimidiochromis compressiceps)

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Malawi Eye-Biter

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)

9-19 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

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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