Lichnochromis ACUTICEPS

This fish is also known as the Malawi Gar.

A very rare and extremely hard to find fish in the hobby.

General – This fish has a narrow head and pointy snout, it is also the only species in its genus. Males will get a vibrant blue and yellow coloration with a little red in the mix. One look at them and you can tell right away that it is a Malawi Gar due to their long snout and unique head and body shape.

Tank Requirement – 65G or larger is recommended, anything below this is too small. They prefer open water with minimal decoration.

Compatibility – The Malawi Gar is compatible with all other peacocks and haps. I have no experience with Mbunas and South American cichlids.

Aggression – They are not very aggressive.

Size – They can reach up to 10-12″ inches in the aquarium.

Male vs Female – Male of this kind will be more colorful than the female. Females will stay silver like many other peacocks and haps.

Breeding – Similar to all other peacocks and haps.

Diet – They prefer a high protein content food. Feed them high quality pellets.

Characteristics – They use their long snout to get food from hard to reach areas such as cracks between rocks and etc. I also see them siphon sands to find food pretty often.

  • Scientific Name:  Lichnochromis Acuticeps
  • Common Name:  Malawi Gar
  • Origin:  Africa, lake Malawi
  • Care Level:  Easy
  • Size of fish:  12 inches
  • Temperament:  Mildly Aggressive
  • Diet:  Carnivore
  • Temperature:  78-82 degrees F
  • PH Range:  7.8 – 8.6
  • Breeding:  Mouth Brooder
  • Ideal Substrate:  Sand
  • Water Region:  All region of the tank

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