Dragon Blood Peacock Cichlid
Scientific Name: Aulonocara sp.
Origin: Farm raised; species originally from Lake Malawi
- Care Level: Easy
- Temperament: Semi-aggressive
- Lifespan: 10-12 years
- Water Conditions: 76-82° F, KH 10-15, pH 7.8-8.6
- Maximum Size: 4" - 5"
- Diet: Carnivore
- Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
While the species this cichlid is listed as originates in Lake Malawi in Africa, this particular strain is a result of hybridization and line breeding and does not occur naturally. They can have great color variation but are most commonly red or bright pink with blue detailing on the head and fins. They also come in varying shades of orange. Females will not be as bright as males and sometimes may even be pale yellow, pink or white.
They will do well with other cichlids that are not very aggressive, being a more docile genus. They should be kept on sand or a fine gravel and have plenty of rockwork for them to establish territories. Males will not usually be aggressive towards other males unless their territory is invaded, or if they are a dominant male.
They are relatively easy to breed and will spawn in captivity.* For best results, provide multiple females for one male to disperse any breeding aggression and amorous behavior. The females are mouthbrooders and will incubate the eggs for three weeks and then release the fry. Small live brine shrimp and high quality fry preparations will be ideal for their growth, while adults should be fed meaty live and frozen foods as well as pellet and flake foods with plenty of protein. High quality foods will enhance their coloration.
* = Aulonocara cichlids will hybridize with each other. If you want to avoid hybridization, it is best to only keep one species or type per tank.