The Blue Peacock Cichlid, Aulonocara nyassae
, comes from the rocky, sandy shores of Lake Malawi, Africa. The males are a bright yellow to metallic blue, whereas, the females take on a drab brown to gray color.
The Blue Peacock Cichlid does well in an aquarium that is at least 55 gallons with plenty of rocks for territories and a sandy bottom. The males are usually only aggressive towards their own species unless their territory is invaded upon. Provide a ratio of 3 to 4 females to one male.
The male Blue Peacock's colors will become more vivid during breeding time. The yellow will become more pronounced and his temperament will become more aggressive. Again, provide multiple females for the male, as it will take the stress off of the female carrying the eggs. Incubation is approximately three weeks, at which time, the female will release the fry. Provide the fry with newly hatched brine shrimp and finely ground flake food.
The Blue Peacock should be fed a variety of both meaty and vegetable-based foods. Feed live and frozen brine shrimp along with Spirulina-based flake and pellet foods.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/4" to 2"