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Aulonocara maylandi
Sulfur Head Peacock Cichlid

    Aulonocara maylandi, Sulfur Head Peacock Cichlid

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    55 Gal

  • Description:

    The Aulonocara maylandi or Sulfur Head Peacock is a popular cichlid, which is native to the waters around Eccles Reef and West Reef in Lake Malawi. Males of this mild mannered cichlid develop a dark gray to black color over most of their body. The dark color is contrasted by a bright yellow blaze which runs from the end of their snout, over their head, and along the edge of their dorsal fin. They can also develop bright yellow egg spots on the anal fin. Males can get to be about 5" in length and females will be a little smaller.

  • Compatibility:

    Sulfur Head Peacocks are fairly mild mannered African cichlids. They are typically non-aggressive accept on rare occasions 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 Bi-Color 500 Peacock, the Ethelwynnae Peacock, and the Blue Orchid Peacock.

  • Tank Requirements and Feeding:

    Sulfur Head Peacock cichlids are native to the hard alkaline waters of Lake Malawi in Africa. A home aquarium should provide similar water conditions to promote good health and bright 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.

    Sulfur Head Peacock cichlids are carnivores and should be fed a variety of foods that contain a good amount of protein. A good mixed diet can include Plankton based flakes, commercially prepared cichlid pellets iconand live (or frozen) blood worms iconor brine shrimp. Such foods will help bring out the bright yellow blaze that male Sulfur Head Peacocks display.

  • Breeding:

    Sulfur Head Peacock cichlids are sexually dimorphic. Males will develop the dark bodies with contrasting yellow blaze, while females remain a dull gray or brown color. Males will also get slightly larger than females.

    Like all Aulonocara, the Sulfur Head 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.