Malawi Eyebiter Cichlid
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The Malawi Eyebiter Cichlid Dimidiochromis compressiceps is a fabulous looking, predatory cichlid from Africa. This fish makes a truly an impressive show piece with its dynamic blue metallic coloring and very unique shape. It it is extremely compressed laterally.
Malawi Eyebiter Cichlid
The Malawi Eyebiter Cichlid Dimidiochromis compressiceps is a fabulous looking, predatory cichlid from Africa. This fish makes a truly an impressive show piece with its dynamic blue metallic coloring and very unique shape. It it is extremely compressed laterally, making it possibly the most flattened cichlid in Lake Malawi. It reaches up to 10 inches (25 cm) in length and has a forward projecting, toothed lower jaw. This thin body shape allowing it to move with great bursts of speed, coupled with its strong jaws, make it a lethal predator of small fish.
This is a very interesting fish to keep and definitely adds diversity to the appropriately stocked Malawi cichlid tank. The unique physical aspects of the Malawi Eyebiter makes it a favorite to some cichlid admirers. Some of its common names are derived from its shape, such as the Compressiceps and Haplochromis Compressiceps.
It is also called the Eyebiter. It is said to have earned this name due to an infrequent behavior of plucking the eyes out if tankmates. It is said to have been observed by native fishermen to bite the eyes out of other fish. However being an “eyebiter” is an action that will probably not be seen in captivity as long as they are well fed. This action is generally used toward smaller Mbunas it they end up in the same aquarium, but most often it is not a common habit.
In nature they don’t occupy the same types of habitats as the smaller rock-dwelling Mbunas. Rather these fish dwell in shallow waters that have both open areas and lots of vegetation.They feed mostly on juveniles of other open water swimmers like the Utaka cichlids and other shoaling youths, but sometimes the smaller Mbunas get snacked on as well. They are natural hunters so be careful with tank mates.
These fish are best kept by intermediate and experienced cichlid keepers. They are moderately difficult to keep due to the fact they need very large systems and very clean water. They also need a lot of hideouts. Bright tanks without plants will cause them to stress, leading to illness. Using denser bunches of real or fake plants in several areas of the tank will help to keep stress levels to a minimum.
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