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Nimbochromis species

5 years 3 months ago #36135 by forumadmin
Replied by forumadmin on topic Nimbochromis species
Yes, get a large enough tank and they do get that big. They are large predatory cichlids and impressive at full size. The largest Venustus I've seen was about 14 inches but I saw a solid 16" Linni at Rich Byerly's house when I visited him in Sacramento.

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5 years 3 months ago #36132 by sawboy
Replied by sawboy on topic Nimbochromis species
I've kept Venustus a few times. These fish do seem to be one of the few get large and hit the numbers indicated in literature. As for aggression, they seem to target conspecifics for the most part.

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5 years 3 months ago #36130 by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper
To the first question regarding size, just like with all sizes it really depends on all the factors like tank size/water quality/food quality etc to whether the fish reaching maximum size. If all of those species are given their proper needs, they will definitely reach those lengths and maybe more. I've definitely seen Polystigma males bigger than 9" before. The others species lengths you provided have been atleast in the ballpark for what I've kept and others I have seen grown to.

You are going to want pretty large footprinted tanks for all of them in my opinion as they do like to cruise around. Mine only ever went near the rockwork when they were spawning, otherwise they were in the open water.

Their aggression as far as fighting and beating on others were never too bad but I always tried to limit the groups to just 1 male and 4-5 females. Fuscos were probably the ones that were slightly more physical on their counterparts and tankmates. The thing that you do have to look out for and I keep it separate from the "aggression" thing because it is more their normal feeding behavior is that all of these species are piscivorous,so you do have to watch out if you have other fish or smaller specimens in with them that they will eat them. I've seen 3" copadichromis eaten with ease myself and definitely seen stories of larger haps/aulonocara becoming victim.

If you can support their needs though, the males especially are stunning once they color up which can take a while.

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5 years 3 months ago #36129 by Midknight
-- Hello, all. I have another query. I was curious about Nimbochromis species. I did a little bit of research on them, though I am already familiar with their appearances and basic info. N. linni are not of interest to me because of the strange, downward facing mouth that I find visually off-putting, so this post does not pertain to them. The other species all seem to grow to rather large size: 9 inches for N. polystigma, 10.5 inches for N. venustus and N. livingstonii, and 12 inches for N. fuscotaeniatus. I have two questions. First, do the fish generally reach these sizes or are these more maximum possible lengths? The reason I ask is that I can think of numerous cichlid species that I have kept and bred for years without the fish ever reaching their given potential sizes. Second, how do these species compare to one another aggression wise? Obviously to respond to this question one will have had to keep more than one of the species listed.
-- As usual, any input is appreciated. I am particularly fond of the fuscotaeniatus, though I suspect they may be the most aggressive of the bunch. Am I correct?

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