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The Malawi Hawk Cichlid (Aristochromis christyi) is a freshwater fish in Lake Malawi. This tropical Cichlid is an open water species, they love explore in a large Aquarium. Malawi Hawk is a large solitary species in nature and so should be kept as a single male specimen, or in harem with one male and several females. Malawi Hawk is one of the largest cichlids in the Lake Malawi and in the wild, they adapted fro preying upon the smaller mbuna and utaka. Buy Live Fish online with Coburg Aquarium in Australia

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Features of Malawi Hawk:

  • With an elongate body and an enlarged, bulbous head, Aristochromis is highly adapted for lunging into the rocks after its agile prey
  • Juveniles and females are similar in appearance, being primarily silvery with an oblique black line
  • Mature Males will lose the stripes,and develop bluish color throughout the body, and ventral fins become ever oranger
  • They are suggested for more experienced aquarists


Malawi Hawks: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Malawi Hawks:

The commonly recommended Malawi Hawk tank size is 500 litres. A much larger tank is required if you have space and budget.

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Malawi Hawk Tank Mate 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. Here are some good Malawi Hawk tank mates to consider:

  • Dimidiochromis Comressiceps
  • Fossorochromis
  • Champsochromis

Malawi Hawk Food :

Although the species is a piscivore by nature (it preys chiefly on other cichlids) it can easily be trained to accept commerial foods, such as pellets. Prawns, mussel, cockle and lancefish are all good choices. Some good commercial food brands for this fish:

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Malawi Hawk Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

The filter should be very large and efficient as predatory fish of this size produce a lot of waste. Here are some great brands to consider:

Power head Brands:

Aquarium Heater

The aquarium should be heated, depending on your area’s climate. Install an aquarium heater if necessary.

Aquatic Plants

Aquarium plants can help the fry have a higher survival rate.You can plant some hardy species include: SwordplantAnubiasNeedle Leaf Java Fern, Java fern. Be more creative! Buy our live Aquarium plants Online Click Here

Aquarium Decorations

Introduce some rocks, coves, clay pots, driftwood into the mix as well. Meanwhile, smooth rocks will act as breeding grounds for these fish. Ideal Ornaments for your tank:

Aquarium Substrate

A sandy substrate is recommended.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium.

Additional Information

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums. Please contact us if you need any custom tank services.