The Nimbiochromis Venustus Cichlid is a species of cichlid that is found in Africa in the Malawi and Molombe lakes. This type of cichlid is a mouth brooding omnivore. The Venustus cichlid is considered aggressive fish and cannot be kept in tanks with fish other than cichlids.
The Nimbiochromis Venustus is a yellow color with brown splotches. These patterns give them the nickname “giraffe cichlid” because the pattern appears similar to that of a giraffe. Males are more golden in color and often have a blue head or face upon reaching sexual maturity. Females and juveniles are usually more of a light beige in color. Females also have a much more prominent spotting pattern than males do.
Upon reaching maturity, the Venustus Cichlid requires at least a 100 gallon tank as they need plenty of room to swim. Hard alkaline water with a temperature of 73-82 degrees Fahrenheit is preferred but they can live in slightly brackish water. Plants, wood, and rocks should be placed toward the back of the tank to allow holes and hiding spots. A fine gravel or sand is necessary as these fish love to dig an burrow. Nimbiochromus venustus can grow up to 10” in length. The lifespan of this cichlid is up to 10 years if properly cared for.
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