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Maleri Peacock - Aulonocara stuartgranti - Juvenile

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Aulonocara stuartgranti is also sometimes referred to as the Flavescent Peacock for the yellow in its coloration but is usually referred to by the region from where it comes. This cichlid is very widespread, found throughout Lake Malawi, and the fish from different regions have different colorations, usually ranging from blue to yellow to combinations in between for this species. Keeping different variations is not recommended as they may cross-breed, muddling up the differences that make each variation unique.

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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Common NameMaleri Peacock - Juvenile
Scientific NameAulonocara stuartgranti
Min Tank Size (in gallons)65
Temperature Range76-80
OriginLake Malawi (Africa)
Max Size (in inches)5.5
Community SafeYes, with caution (African cichlids only)
pH Range7.8-8.6

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