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Aulonocara hansbaenschi
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Group Haplochromis
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Discovered By MEYER, RIEHL & ZETZSCHE 1987
Common Name "Red Shoulder" "Red Flush"
Fish Size min 4" - max 6" Inches
Min Tank Size 30 Gallons
Sexual Differences Male develops blue throughout entire body and head. Red to yellow/orange behind gill plate extending down to the pelvic fins. All fins are mostly blue with some yellow/orange spots. Dorsal has white rim along entire length. Females are grey/brown.
General Information Located at the east coastline from Cobue in Mozambique to Makanjila Point in Malawi. Found in intermediate zones where sand and rocks intermix. Diet in the wild consists of microinvertebrates taken off the rocks and in the sand.

The aquarium should have some rockwork but still provide open swimming space both along the bottom and mid-tank region. Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food, supplement occasionally with frozen brine, krill or mysis.

Keep one male to several females, do not keep with other Aulonocara species as hybridization can occur.

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