Rostratus "Malawi Sand Diver 4-5cm

Rostratus, also known as the Malawi Sand Diver, is a popular cichlid fish that originates from Lake Malawi in Africa. This stunning fish is known for its unique appearance, peaceful temperament, and relatively easy care requirements. In this guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about keeping Rostratus in your aquarium, including the right water parameters, feeding requirements, and compatible tank mates.

Water Parameters Rostratus prefers water that is slightly alkaline with a pH range of 7.8 to 8.6. The water temperature should be maintained between 24 to 28 degrees Celsius. It's essential to provide good water movement and aeration, so a high-quality filtration system is recommended. To maintain optimal water quality, perform regular water changes of 25-30% weekly.

Feeding Requirements Rostratus is an omnivore, and in the wild, it feeds on insects, crustaceans, and algae. In the aquarium, you can feed them a varied diet of high-quality pellets, flakes, and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms. Feeding small amounts of food twice a day is recommended, as overfeeding can lead to health problems.

Tank Mates Rostratus is a peaceful fish that can coexist with other cichlids of similar size and temperament. Avoid keeping them with aggressive or territorial fish, as they may become stressed and aggressive. Suitable tank mates include other Malawi cichlids such as Labidochromis, Pseudotropheus, and Aulonocara species.

In summary, Rostratus is a beautiful and peaceful cichlid that can thrive in a well-maintained aquarium with the right water parameters, feeding requirements, and compatible tank mates. By providing them with a suitable environment and a balanced diet, you can enjoy their stunning appearance and peaceful demeanor for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about keeping Rostratus in your aquarium, don't hesitate to consult with a knowledgeable aquarium professional.

  • 1 x Rostratus Malawi Sand driver 4-5cm

DOA Policy for Live Fish shipping

At Aquaholics, we place utmost importance on the careful shipping of live fish to ensure their safe arrival. Our commitment to quality includes taking various measures during transit. Each fish bag is infused with medical-grade oxygen and an ammonia-neutralizing solution. In colder periods, we also utilize heat packs to maintain optimal temperatures. However, we understand that unforeseen circumstances can sometimes lead to unfortunate outcomes. To provide you with peace of mind, we have implemented a Dead-on Arrival (DOA) policy that ensures you are covered in such situations.


  1. Owner's Presence: It is essential for the owner or an authorised representative to be available at the provided shipping address to receive the fish. If no one is available, the courier will leave your parcel in a safe space as all fish orders are shipped ATL.
  2. Shipping Address: Please provide a valid street address for shipping. Ensure the address is accurate and complete to avoid any delivery issues.
  3. Reporting DOA: If you receive a fish that is dead on arrival, please notify us promptly. Within 2 hours of receiving the fish, send an email to our customer support team. Include the following details in your email:
    • Name: Your full name
    • Order Number: The unique order number associated with your purchase
    • DOA Fish Picture: Attach a clear picture of the deceased fish

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Timely Notification: Please make your DOA claim within 2 hours of receiving the fish. Claims submitted after this timeframe will not be eligible for compensation.
  2. Proper Documentation: Ensure that your email includes accurate and complete information, including your name, order number, email, and a clear picture of the deceased fish. Incomplete or inaccurate information may delay the processing of your claim.
  3. Verification: Our customer support team will review the provided information to verify the DOA claim. Once the claim is validated, we will proceed with the appropriate compensation.
  4. Compensation Options: In the event of a DOA, we offer two compensation options: a) Store Credit: You will receive a store credit equal to the value of the deceased fish, which can be used for future purchases. b) Refund: We can issue a refund for the value of the deceased fish, processed through the original payment method used for the purchase.
  5. Shipping Costs: Please note that shipping costs are non-refundable unless the entire order is considered a DOA.
  6. Conditions Apply: Our DOA policy covers only fish that are dead upon arrival. It does not apply to fish that perish after successful delivery and acclimation to their new environment.

We are committed to providing the best possible experience for our customers and ensuring the well-being of our live fish. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our DOA policy, don't hesitate to get in touch with our customer support team at [email protected] , and we will be glad to assist you.



Note: The terms and conditions outlined in this DOA policy are subject to change without prior notice. We recommend reviewing the most up-to-date policy on our website or contacting our customer support team for any updates.

Thank you again for allowing us on your aqaurium journey.


Jesse Elstak


  • Species: Rostratus
  • Common Name: Malawi Sand Diver
  • Mature Adult Size: 9 inches (23 cm)
  • Origin: Lake Malawi, Africa
  • pH Range: 7.8 - 8.6
  • Temperature Range: 24°C - 28°C
  • Water Type: Hard Alkaline Temperature:
  • Tropical, 24°C - 28°C
  • Breeding Type: Mouthbrooder
  • Size: 4-5 cm Sex: Unsexed
Barcode # 7427110000000
Brand Live Fish
Shipping Weight 0.1000kg
Shipping Width 0.100m
Shipping Height 0.100m
Shipping Length 0.100m


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