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Otter Point Peacock - Aulonocara jacobfreibergi - Large Juv.

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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 Otter Point Peacock is from a region near the southern tip of Lake Malawi. The sides of adult males are blue with faint darker vertical bars. The base of the fins may be red, orange or yellow, as is the "forehead" area in front of the dorsal fin. The edges of the fins are white, ranging from just the tips to most of the fins.

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 NameOtter Point Peacock - Lg. Juv.
Scientific NameAulonocara jacobfreibergi
OriginLake Malawi (Africa)
Max Size (in inches)7
Community SafeYes, with caution (African cichlids only)
pH Range7.8-8.6
Min Tank Size (in gallons)75
Temperature Range76-80

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