Peacock Cichlid Profile

Peacock Cichlids

Common name: Peacock cichlid

Scientific name: Aulonocara sp.

Type of fish: Cichlid

Origin: Lake Malawi

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Max size: 5-6 inches

Growth Rate: Fast

Minimum tank size: 30 gallons for one, 55 gallons for group

Diet: omnivore

pH: 7-8

Hardiness: Hardy

Aggressiveness: Only aggressive to other peacock cichlids

Tankmates: Peacock cichlids, predatory haps, mbuna, medium- sized American cichlids

Sexing: Males are brightly colored while females have a dull gray color. Males also have egg spots on the anal fin which look like brightly colored circles.

Notes: Peacock cichlids come in a variety of vibrant colors. These fish are ideally kept in groups. As Peacock cichlids grow and mature, their colors will change and become more vibrant.

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