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Aulonocara jacobfreibergi "Otter Point"
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Group Haplochromis
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Discovered By JOHNSON 1974
Common Name "Malawi Butterfly" "Otter Point"
Fish Size min 4" - max 6" Inches
Min Tank Size 30 Gallons
Sexual Differences Male has blue throughout head, body and fins. Lower half of head is blue. Upper part of dorsal region is yellow/orange/red. Anal fin may show red. Female grey/brown.
General Information Found anywhere from purely rocky regions to sandy, intermediate zones. Diet in the wild consists of small insect larvae and crustaceans.

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.

A. jacobfreibergi tends to be a more aggressive species of the Aulonocara genus. There are many varieties of A. jacobfreibergi. The most common has been described above. There are also man made variations like the Eureka Red, selectively line bred for red coloration.

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

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