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Freiberg's Peacock Cichlid
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(Other members of the genus Aulonocara)
ADULT SIZE: 12 cm
WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately hard and alkaline
TEMPERATURE RANGE: 25-28 C
FOOD: Feed Aulonocara jacobfreibergi live and dried foods
DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Lake Malawi
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AQUARIUM CARE: This species lives on the boundary between the rocky shore and the open sanded areas of Lake Malawi, typically at a deeper, darker level than the mbunas. It lives in groups often amongst caves. Peacock cichlids are sand sifters, feeding on invertebrates that dwell in the substrate, although in the aquarium they will eat most live and dried foods. Male fish are some of the most spectacularly coloured of all freshwater fish, and they are highly prized by hobbiests for this reason.
Peacock cichlids are not as robust as many other Malawi cichlids, and fish of this genus should certainly not be kept in a mbuna tank. They can be kept with other calmer Malawi cichlids. A tank of Aulonocara males of different species can be quite a site, although this obviously prevents breeding. Pairs of different species should not be kept, as interbreeding is common in captive examples of this genus.
For more about a typical tank set-up see Setting up a Lake Malawi Cichlid Aquarium.
BREEDING: A relatively easily bred cichlid; Aulonocara jacobfreibergi is a typical matriachal mouth brooder. The breeding display consists of prolonged body shaking - quite a sight. Males can be very persistent, and it is essential that there are adequate hiding places for females.