Sunshine Peacock

Other Sunshine Peacock Names: Sunshine Peacock, Benga, Benga Yellow, Yellow Regal African Cichlid

Sunshine Peacock Scientific Name: Aulonocara baenschi

Sunshine Peacock (Aulonocara baenschi))

Temperature Range: 72°F-80°F
pH Range: 7.4-8.6
Hardness Range: 10-25°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Malawi

Sunshine Peacock Adult Size: 5 inches (cm)

Sunshine Peacock Life Expectancy: 10 years

Sunshine Peacock Habitat: East African Lake Malawi

Sunshine Peacock Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons

Sunshine Peacock Temperament: Semi aggressive. Generally peaceful but may become territorial, particularly while spawning.

Sunshine Peacock Diet & Nutrition: Carnivorous - prefers live foods such as blood worms, snails or brine shrimp, but will generally accept frozen, flake or pellet foods.

Sunshine Peacock Description: An elongated, high backed cichlid. This Peacock has large lips and eyes. The pelvic and pectoral fins are elongated. Four color morphs are occasionally available to the hobby. The first and most common is the blue-yellow morph from Chipoka. Its head is usually indigo blue and 6-8 indigo blue vertical stripes can be found on the rear part of the fish. The first is located around the mid-section of the fish, while the last is at the base of the caudal fin. The body, from the gill cover to the stripes, including the forehead, is yellow. The fins, except for the pectoral, are yellow with the tail also having a marbling of blue. The pectoral fins are transparent. A popular, new color morph from Nkoma/Benga is all yellow except for the lower half of the head and the pale 6-8 blue stripes. It is known as the Yellow Regal Cichlid, as the Yellow Peacock Cichlid, and as the Sunshine Peacock Cichlid. The morph from the Marleri Islands has a blue head. The forehead is yellow as are the anal, dorsal, and pelvic fins. From the base of the pectoral fin and back are 13-16 vertical bands that alternate in color from blue to white. Overlaying these stripes are pale yellow scales. The caudal fin is orange with and over-laying pattern of horizontal blue stripes. The final variation, the Usisya morph has a yellow body and a blue head. The vertical stripes that are found on the other morphs are very pale on the Usisya form. The fins, except for the transparent pectoral fin, are deep blue-almost black. The caudal fin is yellow with 8-12 blue horizontal stripes. All these color morph are very hard to describe, but the pictures will do them justice.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Haplochromis species, Yellow Labs, Synodontis catfish

Sunshine Peacock Breeding & Spawning: Peacock Cichlids are ovophile mouthbrooders that form a matriarch family. The pair should be conditioned separately on mosquito larvae, bloodworms, and crustaceans. The water should have a pH from 8.0-8.2, a water hardness 10-18 dH, and a warmer temperature of 79-84F (26-29C). The female spawns a small number of eggs on the rocky bottom. These are fertilized by way of the dummy-egg method. The young should be raised on newly hatched Artemia and fine-grade flake foods.

Determining Sunshine Peacock Sex: Males are larger and much more colorful

Aquarium Region: All over

Sunshine Peacock Diseases: None specific to species

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