Nimbochromis fuscotaeniatus male pictured. The Female is the upper fish in the bottom photo.
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- Locations collected from: Has a wide distribution in the southern part of the lake.
- Approximate Size: Males reach a size of 12 inches with females slightly smaller.
- Food: Will eat large flake food, pellets and will hunt small fish. If another fish will fit into its mouth the other fish might be considered food.
- Water Conditions: This is a tolerant fish and likes a pH between 7.5 and 8.2 and temperatures between 75 and 82 degrees F.
- Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder. Males get very aggressive during spawning time. More than 1 female per male is recommended. I kept 2 males(about 8 inches) in a 55-gallon aquarium with 3 females(about 7 inches) without many problems. The dominant male took half of the tank for his territory during spawning, but other than that there weren’t many problems.
- Tankmates: Can be kept with larger Mbuna. I’ve kept mine with adult Copadichromis borleyi Psuedotropheus aurora, Psuedotropheus OB cobalt, Psuedotropheus OB zebra, Psuedotropheus cobalt, Labidochromis caeruleus, Labidochromis sp. Hongi, and Haplochromis sp. All Red. I have seen them kept in with adult Labidochromis chisumulae, and a crossbred OB fish oftentimes called an “OB peacock”.