Carolinae Peacock - Aulonocara jacobfreibergi - Adult

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SKU: 259714
Manufacturer: That Fish Place
MPN: 259714

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Aulonocara jacobfreibergi may be referred to as the Malawi Butterfly Cichlid or Fairy Cichlid in general terms but is usually referred to more specifically based on its many variations. This cichlid has several popular regional variation or color variations but most share a white dorsal and tail trim. Keeping different variations is not recommended as they may cross-breed, muddling up the differences that make each variation unique. This species is one of the largest and most aggressive of the Peacocks and requires a meatier, higher-protein diet than most other African cichlids, both Peacocks and the rock-dwelling Mbunas.

The Carolinae Peacock is sometimes mistakenly referred to as a separate species (A. carolinae) but is in reality a variant of A. jacobfreibergi. This variant most closely resembles those from the Otter Point region but develops a "swallowtail" with longer points on the top and bottom corners. As a result of this feature, they are also sometimes referred to as "Swallowtail Peacocks".


Aulonocara are called Peacock Cichlids due to the fantastic coloration developed by dominant males. There are many color variants that have developed within species at different points in the lake. Females and juveniles are generally silvery-grey in most Aulonocara.

They are mouthbrooders and will carry fry for 3 weeks or more before expelling the fry. These fish are rock dwellers and should be supplied with a rocky environment to establish territory. Males should be housed singly with several females, and preferably not with more aggressive Mbunas (rock-dwelling cichlids), as peacocks are not terribly aggressive, relatively.

Peacock cichlids may be housed with other species of Lake Malawi fish with similar temperament. They should not be housed with other Peacocks unless ample room is provided, and males may not develop brilliant colors due to dominance issues. Research will help the aquarist pick out the most appropriate fish to mix.

Aulonocara will accept both flake or pellet food soon after being introduced into the aquarium. A variety of foods is recommended to encourage coloration and supply the fish with appropriate vitamins and minerals. They may also be fed frozen foods as a healthy treat.

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Specifications

Specifications
MPN
259714
Manufacturer
That Fish Place
Common NameCarolinae Peacock - Adult
Scientific NameAulonocara jacobfreibergi
OriginLake Malawi (Africa)
Max Size (in inches)7
Community SafeYes, with caution (African cichlids only)
pH Range7.8-8.6
DietCarnivore
Min Tank Size (in gallons)75
Temperature Range76-80
DifficultyEasy
Internal Id
57371

State Restrictions
Alaska
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California
Hawaii
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