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Nimbochromis venustus
Giraffe Cichlid, Giraffe Haplochromis

Nimbochromis venustus - Giraffe Cichlid, Giraffe Haplochromis - A younger Nimbochromis venustus without it
A younger Nimbochromis venustus without it's full adult colouration. The yellowish background and darker brown patches are what gives this fish its common name Giraffe cichlid
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(Other members of the genus Nimbochromis)

ADULT SIZE: 25 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately hard and alkaline

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-28 C

FOOD: Feed Nimbochromis venustus live foods and small fish

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Lake Malawi

AQUARIUM CARE: Nimbochromis venustus is an ambush predator living deep at the bottom of Lake Malawi, feeding on other smaller fish species. It hides in the sand, striking when prey is in reach. The name Giraffe Hap refers to their yellowish colouration with brown patches - just like a giraffe. Adult males are very attractive having a yellower body and bright blue face; this species is quite common in the aquarium trade. This can be an aggressive fish, and is best kept in a dedicated lake Malawi set-up.



More about setting up a typical Malawi cichlid tank here.

Have you bred Nimbochromis venustus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Nimbochromis venustus breeding reports








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