Males are light blue with red mixed through the body and red on the tail. This fish is slow to color; but well worth the wait. Males need females in their tanks to achieve their best color. Females are brown with or without some red on the tail. This fish rarely colors before 4 to 4.5"

7" male is not full color. See Photo. 

Large hap that is compatible with several other haplochromines males. They are the least aggressive of the Nimbochromis group of fish but do not always mix well with peacock cichlids and other milder haplochromines. Best in 120-gallon or four-foot-wide tanks.

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Best kept in single male tanks 120-Gallon or larger tank recommended. 

The best mix of sex for breeding is one male with five or six females. 75 gallon or larger tank recommended. 40 Gallon breeder tanks may work as well. 

These fish are occasionally available on a special order list or brought in to stock in 4" or large males. 

These fish may become a special order only fish

Base Price is for a 3" Part Color Male

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Recommended foods:  Xtreme Cichlid PeeWee 

Profile Specs
Scientific Name Nimbochromis fuscotaeniatus
Common Name(s) Fusco
Geo. Origin Lake Malawi and Lake Malombe
Habitat Shallow Water
Diet Carnivore
Gender Differences Dimorphic
Breeding Mouth Brooder
Temperament Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament Aggressive
Maximum Size 12"
Temperature 78 to 82 F
Water Hardness Hard

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Nimbochromis fuscotaeniatus (Fusco)

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