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General Body Form:
Generally the look is a large, oval-shaped fish. Nothing out of the ordinary
The male is striking, with its' intense yellow on the head and very blue coloration on face, the body is light golden-yellow with random brown splotches. Females and juveniles have the big blotches of brown and yellow over their entire body with a hue of yellow coloration around the face.
N. Venustus is fairly easy to keep, they appreciate hard water and do best in temperatures of 76°-80°F. A group of 6-8 would require an aquarium of at least 100 gals of water. A tank of 125 gal of water would be ideal. They are semi aggressive and easy to care for, mine get along great with their tankmates. The most they will do is stand up for themselves if being chased or harassed but I have never had one be the troublemaker. Individual fish do have their own unique personalities, so keep a look out for aggression with yours. Like many predators that live in sandy habitat they are strong swimmers that love a sand or small stone substrate with plenty of open area for moving. They accept frozen foods and cichlid pellets and should include plant matter in their diet. They are a ambush predator in the wild, after spotting a small fish it will plow slightly into the sand and remain motionless for up to several moments awaiting for the prey to come in reach once the prey is within reach it darts quickly out of the sand to snatch it. This fish should be housed in an aquarium with other large haps of similar size. This fish is an eye catcher and absolutely stunning and I would not have a hap tank with out including the N.Venustus.
Maternal mouth brooders,female cares for young fry for 10 days taking them back in her mouth every night or at the first signs of danger.. They can have up to 120 eggs taking about 3 weeks for fry to develope. They need to be 4-5 inches before they can breed. The female cares for the young fry for 11 days. Every night or when frightened the fry will return to the safety of females mouth, after 11 days the fry are too big to fit in females mouth and the female should be taken away at this time and fed healthy and plentiful diet to regain her weight lost.
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