Sunshine Peacock - Aulonocara baenschi
Scientific name: Aulonocara baenschi
Common name: Sunshine Peacock
Usual size in fish tanks: 8 - 10 cm (3.15 - 3.94 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 10 - 18°N (178.57 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Africa
Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Sunshine Peacocks prefer live foods like brine shrimp and blood worms but will accept quality flakes and pellets.
Sunshine Peacocks originate from Lake Malawi, Africa.
Males tend to be larger than the females with more coloration.
Peacock cichlids are mouth brooders. The female will lay her eggs on a rocky surface but collect them in her mouth after fertilization. The female will mouth brood for about 4 weeks and when the fry are released they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or crushed flake foods.
Expected life span of Sunshine Peacock is 10 years.
Normally a relatively peaceful species, Aulonocara baenschi can become territorial, especially at spawning times. These peacocks make a great addition to any Malawi tank and are available in different color morphs.
Thanks to Sayer for allowing us to use his picture. Other pictures were bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.