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Nimbochromis venustus


Nimbochromis venustus
Giraffe Cichlid
蓝面金豹
Nimbochromis venustus, commonly called Venustus Hap or Giraffe Hap, is a Haplochromine cichlid native to Lake Malawi in Africa. It prefers the deeper regions of Lake Malawi where it hunts smaller juvenile cichlids with a specialised hunting technique. After spotting prey, it will partially submerge itself into the sand and lay dormant until the chosen fish comes within reach. The adult venustus will then dart out of the sand and strike. It is related to Nimbochromis livingstonii.
It is a popular freshwater aquarium fish which grows between 23–25 cm in length. This fish should only be kept with other lake malawi cichlids. Some catfish are also compatible. These fish are generally yellow with brown blotches ( like a giraffe.) Males will have a blue head and other blue colouring when they reach sexual maturity.


它们跟花鲷(Nimbochromis livingstoni)一样,捕猎行为非常的特殊。他们也会在湖底躺下来,装作死鱼。然后引诱并吃掉想吃尸肉的小鱼。它们生活在马湖的15米以下深水水域,这这个深度他们能尽情发挥这个猎食习性。但是这种习惯是在人工饲养条件下几乎没办法看到,可能已经退化掉了。在水族箱中,維納斯抢食速度非常快,对食物的投喂反应也相当快。所以和比他们尺寸还大的鱼一起混养比较好,否则会引起混养的其他鱼只出现营养不良的问题。对饲料不挑剔:干燥饲料、薄片、干燥北极虾、各种冷冻饲料都没问题。最好是几种混合使用,以达到营养均衡的目的。另外他们吃的并不干净,会从鳃盖后面漏出很多饲料残渣。所以和维纳斯的成鱼一起混养的血艳红亚成鱼也能养得很好,因为像血艳红这样比较灵活的鱼只非常喜欢吃他们漏出来的食物渣滓。維納斯雌鱼体色是黄色和褐色相间的花纹。一般雄鱼脸部呈蓝色,身体是黄褐色。但也有的个体是身体也呈蓝色。
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