Nimbochromis linni
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Nimbochromis linni

Common Names: Elephantnose Cichlid
Synonyms: Cyrtocara linni
Haplochromis linni
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: Africa; Lake Malawi, Africa.
Main Ecosystem: Rift Lake; Rift Lake
Temperament: Territorial; Territorial. Though not predatory, small fish may be eaten.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Feed sinking cichlid pellets. The Elephantnose Cichlid normally feeds by picking through the sandy bottom, so fine grave or sand is recommended. Hiding places among rocks and caves are essential. A large swimming area is also important.
7.2 - 8.5
23°C - 26°C
73°F - 79°F
10 dH - 15 dH
Potential Size: Male: 25cm (9.8")
Female: 25cm (9.8")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males have a blue tinge (sometimes completely blue) with a yellow tip on the dorsal and anal fins. Females are mottled grey and brown.
Breeding: The Elephantnose Cichlid is a mouth brooder. About twenty eggs are produce during a spawning and are kept in the female's mouth for around three weeks.
Comments: The common name of Elephantnose is derived from the extended downturned mouth which is used to sift through sand for food.
Main Colours: Blue, Grey
Markings: Mottled
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Flat
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Submitted By: Adam
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