Name: Aulonocara stuartgranti
Origin: Lake Malawi (Africa)
There a a LOT of morphs from this species, I have had about 12 of them, and the one in the pic seems to be from Mdoka. The character of this fish is really variable, but when compared to most Malawi cichlids they are peaceful. I have kept them in different setups, with mbunas, haps, rocks, plants, sandy, etc. and have found that they are best kept by themselves or with yellow labs (Labidochromis caeruleus). It's just that mine were always trashed A LOT when kept with other cichlids, even the electric blues (Sciaenochromis fryeri) which are said to be also peaceful. The best setup I have had with them is two males and 6 females with some catfish, rainbowfish and yellow labs. Many would consider the females to be such a waste since they are colorless and not interesting, but let me tell you that when kept in large groups with two or more males (SAME SPECIES, don't mix them or they will interbreed for SURE) they become really cool, moving about like a single unit. They also don't care that much about water parameters. I rate them 5 out of 5 for keepers with some experience.
I have owned this fish for about 4 to 5 months now. I have had good and bad experiences with this fish. I bought him in with a batch of assorted peacocks, but quickly found out what he was. I put him in with my venustus and he quickly pounded the daylights out of him and the other 2 peacocks. He made 2 fish jump. One died but I was able to save the other. He now resides in the spare tank, and by himself, he is a great fish to watch. He feeds readily and rushes to the tank front when you approach him. He has a personality to rival an oscar, and a lot more beauty. I plan to move him to a 150 cm tank soon.
The other night I had a wierd experience with him. I was cleaning out his tank and had lifted out the rocks and equipment. I left to get the other lava rock piece that had been out of the other tank for a while. I grabbed a hammer and split it, so it would look better in the tank. I got back and looked into the tank and he was nowhere to be seen. So I called mum to help me find him, as we had thought he had jumped. Anyway we were looking and for a second I peeped up at the tank and saw a lovely blue face looking at me with those eyes. He shook the sand off himself and it had appeared he had buryied himself in the sand. What a cool fish! I also recommend this fish...10/10!
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