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Aulonocara stuartgranti "Chitimba Bay", "Maulana"
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Group Haplochromis
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Common Name "Chitimba Bay", "Maulana", "Bicolor 500"
Fish Size min 4" - max 6" Inches
Min Tank Size 30 Gallons
Sexual Differences Males develop a velvet blue throughout the entire body, head and fins. They have a wide yellow band behind the gill plate extending down to the pelvic fins. The caudal fin has a blue and yellow pattern. Anal fin has several bright yellow/white egg spots. Dorsal has white rim along entire length. Females dark brown/black.
General Information Located only at Chitimba Bay. Found in the intermediate zone. Diet in the wild consists of microinvertebrates taken from 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.

This is a very popular peacock due to its striking markings. Its high demand will remain strong.

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