Nimbochromis Venustus General Keeping Guide
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Nimbochromis Venustus General Keeping Guide

General Keeping of Nimbochromis Venustus. African cichlids - Nimbochromis Venustus article.

Nimbochromis Venustus ("Nim-bo-kro-mis Ven-oos-toos") originate from Lake Malawi, Africa. This Cichlid is considered tropical. Venustus are a Haplochromine belonging to the

Genus Haplochromis. This fish is easily identified as the "giraffe fish" from its giraffe like camoflauge.

The Venustus inhabits sandy, rocky areas some distance from the coastline. The fish prefers open areas, and can be found traveling in groups. Males can be found sifting large nests in the sand. Venustus make good hunters, they are oppurtunistic eaters, and will eat virtually anything they find, employing deception techniques to catch prey. The Venustus can be found in display tanks and breeding facilities in Florida and other parts of the world, provided the countrys laws allow it.

The Venustus can be an easy fish to keep and can make a great showfish, and for others it can prove a big mean nightmare. Venustus should not be considered a beginners fish, though one can deem them very hardy. Some people will buy this fish at a size of one to two inches, hoping to one day trade their 20 gallon in for a 40 gallon to accomadate their new found pet -little do they know this pet will outgrow most residential aquariums within a year.

Venustus have been known to exceed a length of twelve inches in captivity. A single individual should not be housed in anything with a footprint of less than 36x18 inches. This is a minimal reccomendation for a single individual. More than one individual should be housed in a tank of preferably 75 gallons or larger. Males are known to be extra aggressive, even moreso during periods of breeding. Females show heightened aggression when holding young. Ratios of many females to a single male help to reduce aggression.

Sexing this fish is best done by venting, though apparent dimorphism exists between the sexes. Males tend to be leaner and longer than females. The females remain the juvenile color through adulthood, while males develop a blue face, a yellow blaze on the forehead, sometimes a white stripe running the length from the dorsal to the eyes, and a darkened pelvic area -more prominent during breeding.

Venustus enjoy a temperature between 78-82 degrees fahrenheit. A PH of 7.8-8.2 is ideal for most Malawi cichlids. Cichlid salt is recommended when introducing new tankmates, and during weekly water changes.

Venustus will eat flake and pellet foods. They have been known to take carrot and zuchini as well, as readily accepting krill, bugs and the like. These are true omnivores.

Due to this fish' large nature, it is important to provide proper air backup in case of power shortage.

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