Aulonocara sp. “Stuartgranti Maleri” from Lake Malawi

Aulonocara sp

Aulonocara sp. “Stuartgranti Maleri”. Photo by Dave Hansen

Aulonocara sp. “Stuartgranti Maleri” with its bright yellow body and blue face is a favorite of hobbyists looking to add color to their tanks. Cichlids from the Aulonocara genus have the nickname of peacocks. Like the bird, males are colorful and always ready to display while the females are drab.

Aulonocara are generally docile. Only displaying aggression to other males for dominance and while spawning. Aulonocara sp. “Stuartgranti Maleri” aren’t much different but tend to extend their aggression to any similarly colored fish. Best kept in groups of one male to multiple females. This helps spread the male’s attention among many females. In the wild A. sp. “Stuartgranti Maleri” sifts through the sand looking for insects and small crustaceans. This behavior can sometimes be seen in the aquarium if a sandy substrate is used. Quality food high in protein is recommended. For more information visit the on Aulonocara genus visit the Peacock Corner library section or the Lake Malawi Species forum.

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