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Orange Blotched Peacock Cichlid

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Description

Max Size:   4 - 5 inches
Water:   76 - 82 F; pH 7.2 - 8.5
Difficulty:   Easy
Living Zone:   Bottom, Middle, Top
Temperament:   Semi-Aggressive
     

Orange Blotched Peacock Cichlid is most likely a cross between Aulonocara and Mbuna species. The colors and patterns of this fish may vary from one individual to another but they generally exhibit blotches of reds, pinks, oranges and blues.  Females tend to be somewhat smaller in size.  Males are territorial toward males of the same species so having a number of other African cichlids in the tank is helpful to spread out the aggression.  These fish will also appreciate sandy substrate and rocky scape as the males like to establish their territories around the rocks.  They can be - and often are - kept in all-male groups in which case they will establish a pecking order.  When kept with females and provided with good water quality and food, Orange Blotched Peacock cichlids will breed readily. Peacock cichlids are maternal mouthbrooders and females will incubate the fertilized eggs in their mouth for about three weeks.  Then, they will release fully developed fry. The fish will easily accept any commercially prepared flake or pellet foods but will also welcome live or frozen food like bloodworms.  Good quality food will enhance their health and coloration. Good water flow and filtration are also recommended.