Nimbochromis livingstonii

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 20 cm - 8"
Min. length aquarium : 180 cm - 70"
English name : Livingstonii, Livingstoni's Nimbochromis, Marbled Livingston's Hap
This predator is rather peaceful to species of their own kind.  You should keep one male together with several females.  The aquarium should be set up with rocks and stones that form crevices and caves on the sides and background.  You should leave enough free swimming space.  You can use some plants such as Valliseria for decoration as well.  A territory is made.  The substrate should be sandy.  You should not keep them together with fishes that are too small, because they will eat them.  When the is hunting he will lay completely on its side, pretending to be dead, and patiently waits for small fish to come within range. Then, when it's ready, it leaps up from the sand, devouring its prey.

You should giver them live food such as small fish.  Mosquito larvae, earthworms and beef heart are eaten as well.  A part of the food should be vegetable such as lettuce and spinach.

Breeding is easy.  They are moutbreeders.  At higher temperatures up to 100 eggs are incubated. 

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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