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Scientific Name: Melanochromis chipokae
Pronunciation: m
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Common Name(s): Malawi Pike Cichlid
Geo. Origin: Chipoka Rocks
Habitat: Sediment-Free Rocky Habitat
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Extremely Aggressive
Maximum Size: 5"
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 3


Large male

Subadult male

Adult male

Large male

Adult male
Photo Credit: Jeff Bullman

This highly aggressive cichlid has a dark blue body with light blue bars The females have much more distinctive, yellow and black coloration. The Melanochromis chipokae is considered omnivorous, but according to stomach content analysis it's primary diet is crustaceans, insect larvae and small fish. Currently endangered in the wild, likely due to selective collection.
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