Malawi Eye-Biter (Dimidiochromis compressiceps)

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Malawi Eye-Biter

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Malawi Eye-Biter

Dimidiochromis compressiceps

568 Litres (150 US G.)

19-23 cm (7.5-9.1")

sg

Freshwater

pH

7.9 - 8.2

22 -28 °C (71.6-82.4°F)

9-19 °d

1:1 M:F

Carnivore
Pellet Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years

Family

Cichlidae

This animal is available captive bred



Additional names

Malawi Eye-Biter, Malawi Eyebiter

Additional scientific names

Haplochromis compressiceps


Origin

Endemic to Lake Malawi.

Sexing

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

Can be aggressive and territorial towards one another. Either best in large species tanks or with similar sized robust tank mates.

Diet

These fish love eating live food, also flake, brine shrimp and cichlid pellets can be thrown in.

Feeding regime

Depending what you feed them, 1-2 times a day like most other fish, if live food then once a day usually.

Environment Specifics

Must have a large aquarium with excellent filtration. Some hiding places in rock work is appreciated and a soft substrate is recommended.

Behaviour

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

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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