Aulonocara sp. 'stuartgranti Maleri' (Rubescens)
Name: Aulonocara sp. 'Maleri'
Origin: Lake Malawi (Africa)
If you like the "Sunshine" Peacock, then you'll love the Aulonocara maleri. Basically the same fish as the Aulonocara baenschi (sunshine). The Baenschi is found around Nkhomo Reef, while the Maleri, trade name "Orange Peacock" is found around Maleri Island. The Maleri males are known to really show a beautiful burst of bright yellow color. Your local live fish store is likely to have these listed as sunshines, and not orange.
What a spectacular looking species. I have a mature male (about 15 cm) and three females. My male is exactly like the one pictured here. The largest of my females just released about 75 fry in a smaller tank that I quarantined her in. Can't wait for these fry to grow and exhibit some of their father's coloring in the young males.
I Purchased my orange peacock at the amazing price of 6 dollars. He is an amazing fish and works very well in my african tank with another peacock and assorted zebras. The peacocks go crazy when they eat and often splash me with water when I open the lid. Once you go african you'll never go back.
Orange Peacocks are very beautiful. The only downside to mine is they can get very aggressive towards newly introduced fish and fish that are similar to them. I lost a newly introduced butterfly peacock, a yellow peacock (hybrid) and almost a sunshine peacock in a matter of 48 hours. They won't let go the hate :) once they're done with one fish, they start picking on the next one. Nevertheless it is a beautiful fish.
I have a breeding pair that I bought for 67 dollars and it was really worth it, they bred right after. I sell their 3 cm fry.
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