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Aulonocara hansbaenschi (Red Flush Peacock Cichlid)

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A small species. Females and immature males are pinkish brown with prominent vertical bands. Mature males are steel blue and have an orange or red region around the bottom half of the head and body, particularly around the base of the pectoral fins, and the ventral fins are usually orange in colour. They also have yellow egg spots on the anal fin.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

One of the more reclusive species in the genus, this fish tends to stay close to its hiding places. A fairly tolerant community species, like many other members of this genus it is a colourful addition to the Lake Malawi aquarium. It is somewhat delicate though, and very sensitive to poor water quality and improper water chemistry.

A meternal mouthbrooder, this species can be bred in the same way as other haplochromine cichlids.

Family Group: African Cichlids
Distribution Lake Malawi, Africa; confined to a region between Fort Maguire and Masinje
Temperature 24-28C
Size 8 cm
Water Parameters Hard, alkaline water essential
Water PH 7.5-8.5