Scientific Name: Melanochromis chipokae
Sometimes called the Malawi Pike Cichlid. This is an aggressive opportunistic omnivore that feed on algae, zooplankton cichlid fry and invertebrates. It is from the Chipoka rocks area of Lake Malawi. This is a popular fish and is found in the Standard mix featured on the specials section of this web site. It is advised to have plenty of rock and or cover in its tank. This mbuna does well with feeding the Bluegrass fish food sold on this site. They appreciate the addition of a quality aquarium or Cichlid Salt at the rate of 1 teaspoon per gallon of water.
size 1.25 - 2.25 inches
AFRICAN CICHLIDS SOLD ON THIS SITE ARE GENERALLY 1.25 INCHES TO 2.25 INCHES IN LENGTH AND ARE SOLD AS UNSEXED JUVENILES. DIFFERENT SIZES WILL BE DESIGNATED IN THE SIZE CHART BELOW.
Small: 1 inch
Regular: 1.25 -2.25 inches
Medium: 2.5- 3.5 inches
Large: 4-6 inches
If you are stocking a new tank or a tank with cichlids under 3 inches you will be safe with small , and regular sizes. If you are stocking a tank that has existing cichlids that are over 3 inches you should only choose regular, or medium sizes.
Most cichlids sold in pet stores are 2 -2.5 inches in size. Our fish are sold smaller because of the demand for these fish and because they ship better at smaller sizes. Our customers have accepted this due to the rarity of the fish offered on our website compared to many of the retail stores. These fish grow so fast, the initial size is less relevant to the quality of genetics and rarity of species. Our regular sized fish will measure between the width of a quarter and the width of a $.50 cent piece. The dynamics of the size is manifested when you know that a 2 inch fish will appear to be 3-4 times the mass of a 1.25 inch fish, since it is not just longer but deeper and thicker and the color is often more robust.