Champsochromis caeruleus

This fish is also known as the Malawi Trout

General Champsochromis Caeruleus is a piscivorous maternal mouth brooder from Lake Malawi. This fish is nicknamed the Trout Cichlid because of the similarity in body shape and swimming style.

The Malawi Trout Cichlid is one of the largest and prettiest Malawian cichlids in the hobby. Males are a magnificent blue color and have a red anal fin. The scales on the body range from an orange to red color. The fins on males can be massive, stretching well past the caudal fin, especially in older specimens.

Tank Requirement – This fish gets large, very large! A minimum of 125g tank is recommended. If you only have 1, then a 75g might be enough. Very minimal decoration since they get large and are very active fish in the aquarium.

Compatibility – Can be mixed with other haps and peacocks.

Aggression – Minimal to no aggression from my personal experience, but can hold their own in a hap/peacock tank.

Size – Male can reach a length of 18″ inches and female just a tad smaller at 15″.

Male vs Female – Female of this type will stay silverish with a black line through her body. Males are one of the prettiest in the cichlid family. Long flowing red fins with a bluish metallic body.

Breeding – Mouth Brooder, same as any of your typical peacock and haps.

Diet – In the wild they feed on smaller fish as a primary diet. So make sure to feed them high protein food and very often frozen/live food.

Characteristics – Very active fish, and can jump very high. Make sure you have a lid on your tank as an 8″ trout once jumped out of my tank while feeding.

Important information – Please make sure to cover any openings on your tank, this fish is a jumper!

  • Scientific Name:  Champsochromis Caeruleus
  • Common Name:  Malawi Trout
  • Origin:  Lake Malawi
  • Care Level:  Easy
  • Size of fish:  15″-18″
  • Temperament:  Peaceful
  • Diet:  Piscivore
  • Temperature:  78-82 degrees F
  • PH Range:  7.8 – 8.6
  • Breeding:  Mouth Brooder
  • Ideal Substrate:  Sand
  • Water Region:  Mid and top section


2 Comments on “Champsochromis caeruleus

  1. Where are you located? Do you also ship? And the Malawi trout 2.5 how much for one

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    • I am in Manassas Park, VA. I see you joined my facebook page, message me if you need more details.

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