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
Comments: 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.
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