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Compressiceps Cichlid
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Compressiceps Cichlid (Dimidiochromis compressiceps)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Orange, White
Diet Carnivore
Water Conditions 76-82° F, KH 10-15, pH 7.8-8.6
Max. Size 10"
Origin Africa - Lake Malawi
Family Cichlidae
Minimum Tank Size 70 gallons
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Overview

The Compressiceps, an African Cichlid, is currently classified as Dimidiochromis compressiceps. It was formerly known as Haplochromis compressiceps, and is endemic to the waters of Lake Malawi. It may also be listed under the genera Paratilapia, Haplochromis and Cyrtocara. Often referred to as the Malawi Eye-biter, it is the only known predator to eat its prey tail first. It has also been observed biting the eyes out of other fish prior to devouring them, hence its common name.

The Compressiceps requires a tank as large as possible, but a minimum of 70 gallons is required, and it should be densely planted along the tank's perimeter with Vallisneria or similar reedy plants. Include a deep, sandy bottom, numerous rocks for hiding, and good filtration.

The Compressiceps is a mouth brooder. Most members of the mouth brooding variety of African Cichlids are easily bred while in the aquarium, if given the proper aquarium set-up and water conditions. A small group of 5 to 7 females and one male will provide the optimal breeding opportunities.

The Compressiceps requires a diet of live or frozen meaty foods, or a good quality flake or pellet food designed for African Cichlids.

Appoximate Purchase Size: 1-3/4" to 2-1/2"

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