Scientific Name: Nimbochromis polystigma; this fish is similar to the livingstoni it that it is an aggressive predator and shares that unique hunting style of feigning death to fool its victims. This fish as is the venustus and livingstoni are common in the standard and value mixes. This piscivore reaches a maximum size of 10 inches and enjoys a diet of Red Zebra Stampede and Rainbow Zebra foods, supplemented with Krill. . A tank size of 55 gallon and larger is recommended and temp of 78 to 82 degrees and an aquarium or cichlid salt at the rate of 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons is also helpful.
The polystigma can most commonly be found in and around areas of medium to dense aquatic vegetation of the Lake. Since this fish is a piscivore, meaning that its primary diet consists of other fish and in particular small, unwary fry. It will use this vegetation from which to launch its ambushes.
Like all the Nimbochromis family, this fish can be seen at times lying quite still on its side, looking very dead. This is not a pleasant sight and can be quite disconcerting for the keeper of this quirky fish. The polystigma uses this behaviour as a hunting tactic, to attract smaller, witless fish. As the prey nears the "dead fish", the polystigma will quickly dart towards its prey and swallow it whole.by Paul Haese
There is a great video of the predication technique on the Livingstonii description page.. It is well worth a look..
These cichlids are tank raised indoors by a proffessional breeder. Most of the fish are first generation from wild collected parents (f1)
ALL OF THESE FISH ARE SOLD AS UNSEXED JUVENILES. DIFFERENT SIZES WILL BE DESIGNATED IN THE SIZE CHART BELOW. GENDER CHOICE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SELECTED MEDIUM AND LARGE FISH ONLY.
Small: 1 inch (some shell dwellers maybe less than one inch)
Regular: 1.25 -2.25 inches
Medium: 2.5 - 3 inches
Large: 4-6 inches
If you are stocking a new tank or a tank with cichlids under 3 inches you will be safe with small , and regular sizes. If you are stocking a tank that has existing cichlids that are over 3 inches you should only choose regular, or medium sizes.