Name: Aulonocara baenschi
Origin: Lake Malawi (Africa)
This is my favorite peacock because it has (in my opinion) the most beautiful combination of colors and behavior. It is said to be the dominant one when placed with other peacock cichlids. males can be pretty hard on females. This peacock is, together with Aulonacara jackobfreibergi, probably the only one that can be kept with small mbuna. I keep mine with some Pseudotropheus demasoni.
My first experience with Sunshine Peacocks was not pleasant. I bought a wild caught pair, for around $60, two days later my beautiful male was dead. That left me with a female, which aren't quite as spectacular. Recently I was fortunate enough to come across another pair and have introduced them. One great thing about these Peacocks is they get bright color at a young age.
No Malwaian tank is complete without a Sunshine Peacock, especially of course, the male. I've been collecting these for a long time, and in my opinion, the most beautiful african cichlid "hands down".
I have 2 of these fish in my 75 L tank(I know, too small..in 4 days they are going in a 200 L) along with 2 electric yellow labs. Both are pairs. The male peacock is about 10-12 cm long and owns the tank...he has a great personality and is very friendly and will follow you around in the tank at feeding times. He is a very beautiful fish also. I love them.
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