Scientific Name: Aristochromis christyi
Common Name(s): Malawi Hawk
Geo. Origin: Endemic to Lake Malawi and is found throughout the lake.
Habitat: Sediment-free rocky habitat or rock-sand interface
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Behavior and Compatibility: A predatory species that should not be combined with tankmates it can fit into its capacious mouth. It can however be combined with similarly-sized fishes that appreciate comparable water conditions such as Dimidiochromis compressiceps, Fossorochromis Rostratus, and Champsochromis spp.. It’s largely a solitary species in nature and so should be kept as a single male specimen, or in a harem with one male and several females.
Maximum Size: 11"
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Tank Size Requirement: 125 gallon tank or larger