Strawberry Red Peacock Cichlid
Our Size: 3 Iches
Color Form: Vibrant pink / red
Minimum Tank Size: 55 Gallons
Tank Set-Up: Freshwater, rockery, sand
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Peacock Cichlids are some of the most colorful fish in the world. They are native to Lake Malawi and are one of the most friendly and peaceful members of the Cichlids.
The Peacock Cichlid is a stunning species of fish native to Lake Malawi; it belongs to the Astatotilapia genus. There are at least 22 different species of Peacocks, the majority of which have stunning coloration. Their coloring can vary from blues, reds to yellows and will stand out in any aquarium. The most popular of which being the blue (Aulonocara Nyassae).
The majority of Cichlids have a reputation for being aggressive, whereas the Peacock Cichlid is fairly peaceful. Males can be territorial, but on the whole they are peaceful and can make good community fish. Peacocks are bottom dwellers and in the wild in Lake Malawi, will be found at depths of 6 to 40 meters.
A common behavior they will display is hunting for food amongst the sand. They will hover above the sand and once they detect any movement from any invertebrates they will strike. This is also a behavior you will see in aquariums as they sift through the substrate. They are an active swimmer and are one of the most peaceful Cichlids available.
If you’ve seen other varieties of Cichlids, you will know that they are some of the most vivid colored freshwater fish in the fishkeeping hobby. Peacock Cichlids are no different.
They are some of the most colorful fish you will find, ranging from blue, gold, orange to yellow. You will also notice than instead of a matt color, their color is in-fact iridescent.
Interestingly their color is permanent, whereas other Cichlids’ color is dependent on their mood and breeding status. The different varieties of the Peacock Cichlid are essentially the same fish with different coloring; this color varies depending on the region of Lake Malawi it came from. It’s important to state here though that both the juvenile and females are typically a drab gray, so if you’re looking to add color to your tank make sure to buy a male.
Your Peacock should grow to around 6 inches long and is characterized by an oversized lateral line system.
Currently there are at least 22 recognized species of Peacock Cichlids, however not all of them are traded in the aquarium hobby; the most popular ones are:
African Butterfly Peacock (Aulonocara jacobfreibergi)
Flavescent Peacock (Aulonocara stuartgranti)
Nkhomo Benga Peacock (Aulonocara baenschi)
Sunshine Peacock (Aulonocara stuartgranti)
In my experience the two most common varieties are the red and blue Peacocks.
The Red Peacock Cichlid (Aulonocara stuartgranti)
This is in fact a variety of the Flavescent Peacock. It is a manmade creation and not naturally occurring. It is the same size as other Peacocks except with a red coloration. When buying one you might see them referred to under other names such as Ruby Red and Rubin Red.
The BluePeacock Cichlid (Aulonocara nyassae)
A metallic blue, to a bright yellow, and during breeding season its color will become even more enhanced. Like all other types of Peacock, its female counterpart is a gray color.
Finally, a word on the OB Peacock. These are hybrids and are cross breeds between pure Peacock Cichlids breeds. OB Peacocks are the same size as regular Peacocks and offer some unique coloration.
In a home aquarium you should expect a male Peacock Cichlid to grow to around 6 inches long, with females being slightly smaller. Peacock Cichlid Habitat and Tank Requirements