Giraffe Cichlid

Other Giraffe Cichlid Names: Giraffe Cichlid, Haplochromis Venustus

Giraffe Cichlid Scientific Name: Nimbochromis Venustus

Giraffe Cichlid (Nimbochromis Venustus))

Temperature Range: 77°F-84°F
pH Range: 7.5-8.8
Hardness Range: 12-30°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Malawi

Giraffe Cichlid Adult Size: 10 inches (cm)

Giraffe Cichlid Life Expectancy: 10 years

Giraffe Cichlid Habitat: East African Lake Malawi

Giraffe Cichlid Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons

Giraffe Cichlid Temperament: Usually not aggressive towards species other than its own. Males are very territorial and will generally kill any other male venustus.

Giraffe Cichlid Diet & Nutrition: Insects, flake food, pellets, frsh vegetables such as peas, romaine lettuce and spinach.

Giraffe Cichlid Description: A large, oval-shaped fish. The coloring of the male is much more intense than the female. The head is pale blue, while the body is light golden-yellow. The cheeks and the lower jaw is dark blue. Several irregular dark blue splotches can be found cover the body. The upper part of the dorsal fin is bright yellow while the lower half is dark blue. The caudal fin is also yellow and blue. The other fins are dark blue.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other malawi cichlids.

Giraffe Cichlid Breeding & Spawning: Venustus are maternal mouth-brooders. Males become very competitve at sexual maturity and will kill other males of their species. A ratio of 1 male to 4 females is ideal.

Determining Giraffe Cichlid Sex: The males are larger and have a blue head.

Aquarium Region: Middle to bottom of tank.

Giraffe Cichlid Diseases: Subsceptable to malawi bloat.

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