Aulonocara sp. Firefish, Dragon Blood Peacock Cichlid

R:Like all Peacocks, this fish's colors become enhanced during the spawning season.
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Pure specimens of the Maulana Bicolor Peacock or "maulana" are sometimes found online or in fish stores. Just be sure you know what you are looking for, because they may be just listed under "peacock". They may also be special ordered if you are willing to wait for them if they are out of season.
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Pure strains of the Nkhomo-Benga Cichlid are sometimes found online and are moderately priced. They are always found in fish stores as long as you know what you are looking for. Often times they may just be listed under "peacock" to the uneducated eye. They may be special ordered if you are willing to wait for them if they are out of season. A short video of a good looking male Aulonocara Firefish/Dragon Blood Peacock cichlid.
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We ordered two blue peacock cichlids from LiveAquaria last year, and both are beautiful fish. One has emerged as the alpha fish of the tank and does chase and beat up on the other blue peacock as well as other male fish. I'd definitely suggest ordering only one male. However, the alpha fish is by far the most beautiful blue peacock I've seen, and I receive many compliments on his looks. LiveAquaria has high quality fish and excellent customer service. I'm very pleased with all of the fish I've ordered. Living in deep and dark water, the Peacocks have developed and rely on their enhanced lateralis sense to hunt for food. are benthic insectivores and are therefore almost always found along the sandy bottom of the lake. They hunt sand-dwelling invertebrates with the aid of these enlarged pressure sensitive tubes in the flesh of their jaws. They hover motionless above the sand by just a few millimeters. With the very sensitive and enlarged sensory pores on the lower part of their head they are able to detect the micro-movements of tiny invertebrates in the sand. They hover motionless until such a prey's movements are detected. Such a detection is followed by an instantaneous bite into the sand. Sand is then strained for food by shooting it out the fish's gills while retaining the acquired treat (Konings 1995). Another factor contributing to their popularity is their relative peacefulness with other fish, making them suitable candidates for a community-type aquarium provided the other tankmates are selected appropriately (more below). Peacocks also breed readily and are relatively undemanding aquarium residents. These attributes make Peacocks appealing to both the beginner and advanced hobbyist. In the aquarium, live plants are a viable option. Peacocks do not eat plants, unlike other Lake Malawi cichlids, but they nonetheless have a tendency to dig and uproot them. All plants should be fastened or secured. Java Fern should be tied to drift wood or rocks with black string or fishing line. Other plants should be potted (when possible) and wedged in between rocks. Even though Peacocks have adapted to a dimly lit environment in the wild, they readily adjust to the higher light levels required for the growth of aquatic plants. This hunting technique has not been documented in the aquarium, most likely due to the absolute lack of insect larvae and other small crustaceans living in the aquarium substrate. They often sift through the sand after each feeding, probably looking for any small particles of food that were missed. In the aquarium, Peacocks readily adapt to and accept almost any commercially prepared food. While they require animal protein in their diet, it is wise to also provide some Spirulina to keep their blue color looking its best. Similarly, a fish food with krill will maximize reds and oranges. All reputable cichlid foods contain an adequate amount of yellow pigment so as not to be a conscious concern in the selection of food. Frozen and live foods can be fed periodically but these are not essential. A quality fish food with high levels of protein will be sufficient. If used, frozen and live foods should only be used as supplements to a diet of flake and/or pellet foods. Also be aware that larger adults will need more than just flake food to keep them in optimal breeding condition. It is best to feed Peacocks only one to two times a day, and never more than they can consume in two minutes. Unlike Mbuna, whose aggression necessitates feeding several times a day, Peacocks have a mild temperament and are very undemanding. Consequently, their feeding regimen should be minimal and infrequent but consistent. Cichlids in general are some of the most brightly colored freshwater fish in the world and Peacock cichlids are no exception. Male Peacock cichlids exhibit a wide variety of bright colors, often in iridescent shades. Female and juvenile Peacock cichlids are often drab in color but the males transform as they mature, exhibiting a wide range of colors including blue, yellow, red, orange, gold, and more.