Nimbochromis venustus (Giraffe Cichlid)
Photo by Ben Wright one of my customers. This photo was taken shortly after the fish arrived and was acclimated into his tank.
These fish are no longer carried in house; but, will be occasionally available in 3-3.75" Males or 4-4.75+ Males on a special order list
see http://www.cichlidsarespecial.com/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=21 when I am ordering from my wholesaler.
Last Count 9/07/2017, Next count due 9/29/2017
There also is a chance that a few 3-3.75" or larger Males may appear in this fish's listing from time to time as well.
Group: One 4.5" Male + One 4" Female (the female is holding eggs).
Single males mix with other Haplochromis types in a show tank. Iffy in 2.5-3.5" size with Peacocks due to aggression level.
Smaller males are less aggressive. Males between 2.5 and 3.5" tend to be aggressive. Males 4" and larger tend to be Mildly aggressive. This strain seems to be less aggressive than some other strains. 3.5 to 4" and larger males seem to mix well with many other Lake Victorians including Peacock Cichlids.
More information on http://cascommunityforums.com/index.php
|Scientific Name||Nimbochromis venustus|
|Common Name(s)||Giraffe Cichlid|
|Geo. Origin||Lake Wide|
|Habitat||Deep Water-Intermediate Level|
|Temperature||78 f to 82 F|
|pH||7.8 to 8.6|
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Diet: This is the type of foods the species primarily eats. This is very important because, for example, if a high protein diet is given to an omnivore, it could cause bloat and kill the fish. This is due to the fish not having the ability to break-down high levels of protein properly in the digestive system.
Gender Differences: This is a description of the visual differences between males and females of a species. Dimorphic is when the male of the species has brighter coloration while the females are plainer and more drab. Monomorphic, on the other hand, is when the male and female of the species look identical.
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