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Nimbochromis fuscotaeniatus
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Group Haplochromis
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Discovered By REGAN 1922
Fish Size min 8" - max 10" Inches
Min Tank Size 100 Gallons
Sexual Differences Male develops blue on entire head region with some blue in the body and fins. Red anal fin with white eggspots, red/blue patterns on dorsal and caudal fin. Body has distinct pattern which is universal in both males and females. Female lacks the male coloration, and maintains a brown tone throughout.
General Information Located in the southern half of Lake Malawi. Found in the intermediate habitat. Diet in the wild consists of small fish.

The aquarium should have some rockwork but still provide lot's of open swimming space both along the bottom and mid-tank region. Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food, supplement occasionally with frozen brine, krill, mysis and feeder fish.

N. fuscotaeniatus is a predator and often ambushes smaller fish. For that reason, it should not be kept with smaller Haps and Mbuna.

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