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The Lawsi Cichlid comes from the northern part of Lake Malawi, Africa.  It is usually found at deep levels where the steep, rocky coast ends on the sand. Found over sandy patches in the intermediate habitat. The average depth is about 20 m.


Although this fish looks and acts like any member of the Pseudotropheus genus, scientists moved it into a new genus because its thinner tooth structure.


Male Lawsi are a vibrant purple with an orange blaze across their back. Females are relatively drab brown-gray, sometimes with a slight purple sheen.


Male Lawsi grow to about 10cm in length. Females are a bit smaller growing to about 10cm in length.


Good looks and a mild disposition make the Lawsi an ideal fish for beginners in the cichlid hobby.


 Lawsi are reasonably easy to care for. Rocks should be added to the tank as hiding places and to give the fish a breeding surface. This fish is a fairly peaceful mbuna.


They can usually be kept with some non-aggressive haps, or very peaceful mbuna.


Water conditions acceptable for this fish are pH of 75 to 8.5 and temperatures from 24-26°c.

This fish is an carnivorous in wild, but will readily eat most quality cichlid foods in the aquarium.


  • Species – Gephyrochromis lawsi
  • Common Name – Lawsi
  • Origin – Lake Malawi
  • Diet – Carnivore/Omnivore
  • PH Range – Alkaline 7.5 – 8.5
  • Water Type – Hard
  • Temperature – Tropical 24 – 26°c
  • Breed Type – Mouth brooder
  • Current Size – approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 10cm)
  • Sex – Un-sexed

Gephyrochromis Lawsi Cichlid 3-5cm

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