The Maulana Bicolor Peacock is a smaller variety of Aulonocara stuartgranti. Peacock cichlids have a life span of about 6 to 10 years with proper care.
The body of the male is blue with darker vertical bars. There is a wide band of yellow just behind a bluish head that extends into the pectoral fins and there is some yellow in the tail as well. The dorsal, anal, and pectoral fins are edged in white. The females are quite drab, a maroonish color with no apparent (or very slightly apparent) darker vertical bars.
These cichlids make a great choice for the beginning cichlid keeper, and are appealing to the advanced aquarist as well. They are easy to care for, easy to feed, and relatively undemanding aquarium residents. They are also fairly peaceful, making good inhabitants for the community tank, and will readily breed. The aquarium does need regular water changes and good filtration. They are susceptible to Malawi bloat as well as the typical diseases that effect all freshwater fish if the tank is not maintained.
Though the Maulana Bicolor Peacock is an omnivore it will eat mostly meaty foods. It there are plants in the aquarium it usually won’t touch them. In the wild they feed on a variety of live foods, especially small bottom dwelling invertebrates. In the aquarium provide them with a meaty diet; pellets, frozen and freeze-dried daphnia and brine shrimp are excellent choices. Avoid beef heart, tubifex and bloodworms as they can contribute to a disease called “Malawi bloat. Shrimp mixes are also a good choice and just as nutritious. Feed once a day when young and 5 to 6 times a week when adults unless they are breeding. Avoid the desire to feed this fish more often than it needs, as this will keep the water quality higher over a longer time.
Peacocks are hardy fish, but like all Malawi Cichlids, they will deteriorate under poor water conditions. The Malawi fish are usually kept at a higher pH, which means that ammonia is more lethal, so regular water changes are a must. They are also a messy fish because they eat mostly protein foods, which puts an additional biological load on the filtration system. The tank will need water changes of between 20 – 50% a week, depending on the bio load.
- Species – Aulonocara stuartgranti “Maulana Bicolour”
- Common Name – Maulana Bicolour Peacock Cichlid
- Origin – Lake Malawi
- Diet – Omnivore but mostly carnivorous
- PH Range – Alkaline 7.5 – 8.5
- Water Type – Hard
- Temperature – Tropical 24°c
- Breed Type – Mouth brooder
- Current Size – approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 13cm)
- Sex – Un-sexed