Fusco Cichlid
Fusco Cichlid
Fusco Cichlid

Fusco Cichlid

Country of Origin: 🇺🇸USA
Regular price $11.00
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Fusco Cichlid (Nimbochromis Sp.)

General Background

The Nimbochromis fuscotaeniatus, also known as the fusco hap, is a fish from the cichlid family originating from North Namalenje Island in Lake Malawi. They inhabit heavily vegetated shallow areas with mineral-rich sand-rock substrates.

The fusco cichlid (Nimbochromis sp.) needs an aquarium at least six feet long with wide sandy spaces and rocky areas where they can hide and play. They’re fond of using the Vallisneria plant as a social hub and hangout place. They also love aquascaped ocean rocks that extend from the bottom of the aquarium to the surface with many fissures, crevices, and slits that they can explore without the fear of them falling over if they start to dig and prod.

The fusco hap needs hard, alkaline water from a substrate of aragonite or coral sand. Many aquarium owners keep the substrate inside the aquarium filter using a mesh bag. These fish will display more vibrant colors against a darker substrate.

In spawning seasons, male fuscos will clean and rearrange rocks and vegetation around their spawning sites. Their physical colors will change to attract females.

Female fish will populate these sites and lay a batch of eggs, which the male will then fertilize with milt. The females will incubate fertilized eggs inside their mouths for 25 days until the juvenile fish swim out and seek easily digestible food like young brine shrimp.

Feeds and Feeding

Fuscos are omnivores with a strong preference for frozen meats and smaller sea life. Feed the adults prawns, whitebait, krill, and lance fish to keep them healthy and happy. Younger fuscos can live on vitaminized mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and mosquito larvae.

Many fusco hap owners balance their diet with vitamin-fortified premium fish food pellets.

Tankmates

The fusco cichlid loves similar-sized, mild-tempered, and outgoing fish as tankmates. They are the most peaceful among the Nimbochromis group, favoring cohabitants like the lemon yellow mbuna, Malawi peacocks, and the synodontis catfish. It’s not a good idea to pair them with more aggressive mbunas from Lake Malawi, as they might face harassment and predation.

Because fuscos are piscivores, they eat and hunt smaller fish, but they’re not as aggressive as the Buccochromis or the Champsochromis. Fuscos make excellent tank bosses when they’re at the top of the size range.

FAQs

What Is the Best Breeding Arrangement for Fusco Cichlids?

The fusco cichlid (Nimbochromis sp.) are not monogamous, and a female fish will encounter harassment from the male when forced into such an arrangement. The ideal breeding mix is one male for every six females.

How Big Are Fusco Cichlids?

Adult males can grow as long as 10 inches, but most only grow to eight or nine inches. Most adult females are only eight inches in length.

DOA Policy

While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive. We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.

We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish but  shipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer. If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.

Shipping Policy

Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.

FAQ

"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"

-         We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.

"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"

-         While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive. We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense. If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us,  with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.

"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"

-         We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.

"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"

-         Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!

"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"

-         Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.