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Scientific Name: Nimbochromis venustus

Origin: Lake Malawi

Family: Cichlidae

Other Names: Peacock Mouthbrooder, Giraffe Cichlid, Haplochromis Venustus

Technical Info

Temperature: 26 - 30 ℃

pH: 7.8 - 8.5

GH: 20 - 26

Max size: 22 cm

Min Tank size: 300 Ltr

Position in Aqua: No special swimming level



To species of their own kind they are very aggressive. The aquarium should be set up with rocks and stones that form caves and hiding places, and a sandy bottom. In the middle you should leave enough free swimming space. They dig in the substrate now and then.



You should give them all kind of live food. Beef heart and some vegetable food such as lettuce or spinach is eaten as well. They accept dry food too.



Breeding is not easy. The female takes the eggs in her mouth after spawning. It is important that she is not startled, because she spits them out again. A regular changing of the water is necessary. The rest of breeding is just like other mouthbrooders.


Compatible with

Other malawi cichlids.



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