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Aulonocara kandeense
Blue Orchid Peacock Cichlid

    Aulonocara kandeense, Blue Orchid Peacock Cichlid

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  • Water Temperature:

    78 - 82°F

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  • Min. Tank Size:

    55 Gal

  • Description:

    The Aulonocara kandeense or Blue Orchid Peacock is a fairly popular peacock cichlid, which is native to the waters of Lake Malawi Kande Island. Males develop a dark blue to almost black color that covers most of their bodies, and face. Contrasted by a bright light blue blaze that runs from the top of their mouth, along the edge of their dorsal fin and down along the upper edge of their tail. The light blue also runs along the edge of their pelvic fins, and they develop yellow egg spots on their anal fin. Males can get to be about 5" in length and females will be a little smaller.

  • Compatibility:

    Blue Orchid Peacock cichlids tend to be pretty mild mannered. They are typically non-aggressive accept sometimes a dominant male may show increased aggression levels towards other male Aulonocara species. When breeding, males will also show increased levels of aggression. Some compatible cichlid species are the Ngara Flametail, the Sulfur Head Peacock, and the Ethelwynnae Peacock cichlid.

  • Tank Requirements and Feeding:

    Blue Orchid Peacocks are native to the hard alkaline waters of Lake Malawi in Africa. It is a good idea to set up an aquarium to provide similar water conditions to allow these fish to display their best colors. The water temperature should be between 78 - 82°F with a pH between 7.8 - 8.6. Additives like Cichlid Lake Salt and Malawi/Victoria Buffer will condition the aquarium water for African cichlids. The substrate iconshould be sand or fine gravel, and it should be decorated with plenty of rocks to create caves and passageways for the fish to claim territories or seek protection.

    Blue Orchid Peacock cichlids are carnivores and should be fed a variety of foods that contain a good amount of protein. Plankton based flakes mixed with commercially prepared cichlid pellets iconand live (or frozen) brine shrimp or blood worms, are good choices for their diet. Such foods will help bring out the dark blue color and bright blue blaze that's displayed by these fish.

  • Breeding:

    Blue Orchid Peacock cichlids are sexually dimorphic. Males will develop the dark blue and bright light blue blaze, while females remain a silver color. Males will also get slightly larger than females.

    Like all Aulonocara, the Blue Orchid Peacock is a mouthbrooder. While spawning, the female will pick up and hold the eggs in her mouth to protect them. Females may continue to carry the eggs and fry in their mouth for two weeks or longer. It is a good idea to keep several females with one male when breeding. This will help spread out any aggression displayed by the male.

    All Aulonocara species will hybridize. If you want to avoid hybridization, it is best to either, only keep males, or only keep one species of Aulonocara.