|Common name||Malawi Eye-biter|
|Scientific name ||Dimidiochromis compressiceps|
|Size||Up to 10" (25cm)|
|Origin||Lake Malawi, East Africa|
|Tank setup||A large tank (suggest 100 gallons plus if kept with other fish) with some rock caves and plenty
of open swimming space. Plants such as Vallis can be added.|
|Compatibility||Predatory towards small fishes. Combine with other open-water Malawi species which are not too aggressive,
such as Copadochromis and Aulonocara.|
|Water chemistry||Hard and alkaline: pH 7.6-8.6 ; GH 7 plus ; KH 10-12|
|Feeding||Predator, feed a meaty diet.|
|Sexing||Males are much more colourful, females are mainly silver.|
|Breeding|| The male may dig a shallow spawning pit and display to attract the female to it. A mouthbrooder,
the female will incubate the eggs and fry for about 3 weeks. The male is likely to eat the fry once released.
Feed fry on small frozen/live foods such as baby brine shrimp, cyclops and daphnia.|
As the name implies, this cichlid has a strikingly compressed shape. Despite its common name, it is unlikely to take the eyes
of tankmates when fed regularly.