nimbochromis venustus

General – This fish is also known as the Giraffe Cichlid. They develop spots on their body along with yellow coloration which resembles that of a Giraffe. When young, they look very similar to their close relative which is the Nimbochromis Livingstonii, but for the Venustus the yellow coloration shows pretty quick making it easier to identify one. This is a very common fish in the aquarium hobby due to it’s coloration.

Tank Requirement – 55G minimum with open water and sandy bottom.

Compatibility – This fish is compatible with all African Cichlids.

Aggression – Not a very aggressive cichlid, pretty docile.

Size – 8-10 inches.

Male vs Female – Male of this species will develop a blue head. The female will not have the blue coloration on their head, but they are still very nice fish with yellow body and brown spots that resembles a giraffe.

Diet – They are piscivore, will require a good amount of protein.

  • Scientific Name:  Nimbochromis Venustus
  • Common Name:  Giraffe Cichlid
  • Origin:  Africa, lake Malawi
  • Care Level:  Easy
  • Size of fish:  8-10 inches
  • Aggression:  Mildly Aggressive
  • Diet:  Piscivore
  • Breeding:  Mouth Brooder
  • Water Region:  Bottom and mid-section

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