Malawi Eye Biter (Dimidiochromis compressiceps)

Photo of: Malawi Eye Biter (Dimidiochromis compressiceps)

Scientific Name(s): Dimidiochromis compressiceps


Common Name(s): Malawi Eye Biter, Malawi Eye-biter, Malawi Eyebiter


Family: Cichlidae


Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Malawi


Maximum Size: 10 inches


Life Span: 14 years


Natural Habitat: East African Lake Malawi


Minimum Tank Size: 90 gallons


Tank Region: Middle


Possible Tank Mates: Other large malawi cichlids.


Description: This fish grows relatively large and needs a big tank. 90 gallon should be considered a minimum. A large aquarium (125+ gallons) is required to keep more than one male. Requires stone formations that allows the fish good hiding places. Malawi eyebiters also requires areas with dense vegetation. Donít use roots in your aquarium since they lower PH levels..


Temperature Range: 72°F - 82°F



pH Range: 8 - 9

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Hardness Range: 10° - 20°



Breeding Information: Four to six females to one male is recommended. The female is a mouth brooder. Feed large amounts of fresh, high quality food.


Sexing Information: The males have egg spots on anal fin.


Diet: Carnivorous - prefers live foods or frozen foods over flake or pellet foods.


Temperament: Aggressive and predatory - Will bite the eyes of prey fish.


Common Diseases: None specific to species.


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