Ruby red peacock - Aulonocara rubescens
Scientific name: Aulonocara rubescens
Common name: Ruby red peacock
Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 12 cm (3.94 - 4.72 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7.5 - 8.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 16 - 24°N (285.71 - 428.57ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 26 °C (75.2 - 78.8°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Africa
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Use quality flakes or cichlid pellets for the staple diet. Treats of blood worms, brine shrimp, krill and mysis will be readily accepted.
Africa; Ruby red peacock is found in Lake Malawi.
The male will display a lot more colouration than the female; he will have orange and red throughout his body whereas the female will be a drab grey or brown. Always keep one male with several females but do not mix with other species of Aulonocara to prevent hybridisation.
Ruby red peacock are mouth brooders, after spawning the female will collect the eggs for incubation, the male will take no further part in raising the young. The fry should be released after 3 weeks and they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or crushed flake.
The expected life span for Ruby red peacock is 5-8 years.
Always add plenty of rock work to the tank to create hiding places. Open swimming areas must be left at the front, especially along the substrate and mid regions.
Carnivore - Use meat based food, however vitamins and minerals are required always.
Special thanks to Marwin Lawrence for his picture.