Nimbochromis Livingstoni 4-4.5"

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Nimbochromis Livingstoni 4-4.5"

Common name: Livingston’s cichlid

Scientific name: Nimbochromis livingstonii

Distribution: Lake Malawi

Habitat: Hunts over the open, sandy lakebed

Temperature: 76 – 80°F

pH: 7.5 – 9.0


Adult size: 8 inches (females), 10 inches (males)

Sexing: Males are larger than females, mature males will develop a deep blue coloration.

Diet: Piscivorous ambush predator in the wild. Will take dried and frozen foods in captivity, as well as the occasional feeder.

Conspecifics: Males can be aggressive towards each other, especially during spawning. It is recommended to keep Nimbochromis livingstonii singly or in a small group of a single male and several females.

Tankmates: Generally peaceful with other large cichlids such as frontosa or Dimidiochromis compressiceps. Avoid tankmates small enough to be eaten.

Notes: Nimbochromis livingstonii is known to employ thanatosis, or “playing dead,” to catch prey in the wild. This ambush predator has been observed lying motionless on its side in the sandy lakebed to attract smaller fish looking to scavenge a meal from the apparent carcass. When a fish gets too close, Nimbochromis livingstonii will spring to life, snapping up its unsuspecting victim. 

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