Geo. Origin: Nakantenga Island, Cape Maclear, Monkey Bay
Habitat: Deep Water
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Maximum Size: 6"
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Alticorpus are deep-bodied, barred fish that live deep in Lake Malawi. Their behavior has never been observed in the Lake. Thanks to enlarged lateral pores on the lower part of the head, they are adept at detecting prey in the sand. Macrocleithrum is named for its protruding cleithrum. Muscles that power the pelvic fins are attached to the cleithrum bone. The larger bone may be needed to support more powerful fins able to extricate the fish from the mud following a dive for prey. Males are green-blue to purple with black bars and black dorsal margin. Females are silver-brown.
Pronunciation: Refer to our Pronunciation Key for an explanation of the phonetic symbols.
Habitat: This is the primary location where the cichlid is found and is a generalization. This does not mean a fish cannot be found in other habitats.
Diet: Many cichlids specialize in eating one type of food; notwithstanding, some of these specialized feeders are flexible and can be opportunistic feeders.
Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tankmates that are of a different species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to various factors, including aquarium size, tankmates of similar appearance, stocking levels, and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
Conspecific Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tank- mates of the same species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to such factors as aquarium size, stocking levels and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
Maximum Size: This is in regards to total length (including the tail) of typical aquarium specimens. Wild specimens may not attain this size, or may in fact grow larger than aquarium raised individuals due to various factors. Also consider that this is the typical maximum size and there are exceptional individuals that will exceed it.
This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all
This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding
1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.