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Aulonocara spec. "lwanda"
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Group Haplochromis
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Common Name "Red Top" "Hai Reef"
Fish Size min 4" - max 6" Inches
Min Tank Size 30 Gallons
Sexual Differences Male develops blue in the body, on half the face and in all the fins. There is orange color just behind the gill plate. The length of the dorsal, anal and tips of the caudal fin have orange on them. Females are silver/grey.
General Information Located at Hai Reef and at Chiwindi. 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.

This is a very unique peacock as it shows orange outlines on the rims of the dorsal and anal fins. There are several geographic variations of A. lwanda all with slight variations on the main lwanda color theme.

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

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