Looking For A Friendly Tankmate? Profile Of Nimbochromis Venustus

Nimbochromis venustus

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Nimbochromis venustus pictured.  Male on left, female on the right.

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Nimbochromis venustus female pictured.

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  • Locations Collected From: Found throughout the lake.
  • Approximate Size: 7 – 8 inches with females slightly smaller.
  • Food: Not picky. Will eat a wide variety of foods everything from flake to pellet to live foods(brine shrimp and mosquito larvae).   Mine have also eaten Java Moss and will also hunt small fish.
  • Water Conditions: Likes temperatures between 75 –  82 degrees F and pH between 7.5 and 8.4.
  • Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder.  Males are very aggressive towards females.  It is better to have 1 male and several females per male per tank.  Males will dig up and move the substrate.  They like a lot of rocks in their aquarium.  I had to keep males separate from my females to keep them from killing them.  I kept them separated until the females looked ready to spawn, then I would put the male (and watched for aggression towards the females) back long enough to try and spawn or until he started beating up the females again. 
  • Tankmates: Can be kept with most Malawi Cichlids.   I’ve kept mine in with Copadichromis borleyi, Labidochromis caeruleus, Labidochromis sp perlmutt, Labidochromis chisumulae, Labidochromis sp. Hongi, Psuedotropheus aurora, Psuedotropheus zebra “Chilumba”, Psuedotropheus estherae “Red Zebra”, Melanochromis auratus, and Pundamilia nyererei. 

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