Aulonocara baenschi from Lake Malawi

Aulonocara baenschi

Aulonocara baenschi. Photo by Dave Hansen

Aulonocara baenschi is a stunning peacock from Lake Malawi. Males sport a bright yellow body with blue around the cheeks. Like all Aulonocara, only the males display bright colors while the females are brown with some vertical banding. A. baenschi is a little smaller than the other peacock species. In the wild along the shores of Nkhomo Reef, A. baenschi feeds be sifting through the sand looking for small creatures. In the aquarium, sand is recommended so this behavior can be seen. Males will also excavate a small depression in the sand for spawning.

In addition to a sandy substrate, a few rock formations will provide females some cover. Aulonocara baenschi should be kept in groups of one male and multiple females. Although not very aggressive, multiple males are not recommended. Other species of Aulonocara should be avoided as females look very similar and crossbreeding is a possibility. A diet high in protein is best. Discussion on Aulonocara baenschi can be done in the Lake Malawi Species forum.

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