Sciaenochromis psammophilus from Lake Malawi

Sciaenochromis psammophilus

Sciaenochromis psammophilus. Photo by Ad Konings

Sciaenochromis psammophilus is a Lake Malawi hunter found in various locations throughout the central and western parts of the lake. Unlike its popular cousin Sciaenochromis fryeri, S. psammophilus is rarely seen in the hobby. This is probably due to the species’ solitary nature. Despite having been spotted at several locations in Lake Malawi, they are never found in large numbers. Reaching only about 5 inches in length, S. psammophilus isn’t as large as S. fryeri. In the wild S. psammophilus spends its days cruising alone over the sandy bottom looking for smaller fish or invertebrates to eat. Its slender body, large eyes and mouth make it a formidable predator for anything small enough to be eaten.

In this aquarium Sciaenochromis psammophilus needs a large tank. Males can be quite aggressive toward other S. psammophilus. Any tankmates small enough to fit in its mouth will be eaten. A food high in protein is recommended. To discuss this species visit the Lake Malawi Species forum.

 

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