Nimbochromis Venustus

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Scientific Name: Nimbochromis venustus
Pronunciation: nm-b-kr-ms v-ns-ts
Common Name(s): Giraffe Cichlid, Kalingo
Geo. Origin: Lake-wide distribution
Habitat: Deep Intermediate Habitats
Diet: Carnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 10.5"
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 2

Venustus males often assume a blue coloration when sexually active, with the blue being most intense on the head. In the wild, this species hunts small cichlids by plowing slightly into the sand when it spots small juvenile cichlids. There it remains motionless until prey are within reach.