Aulonocara saulosi "Green Face"
Origin and locale/variety: Likoma, Malawi, Lake Malawi, East Africa
Size: Adults are usually 2.5 to 4.5 inches in aquarium environment.
Sex differences: Males obtain an bright metallic green area on the head that is very unusual among peacocks and gives A. saulosi the common name "Green Face". The rest of the fish is also nicely colored with blues, metallic blues, and a deep red, plus prominent egg spots on the anal fin and a contrasting light edge on the dorsal fin. As with nearly all peacocks, females are relatively drab in color.
Aquarium behavior: Aulonocara saulosi is a very undemanding cichlid. In the aquarium, they thrive in almost any community setup and are more peaceful that most other peacock varieties in the aquarium. This peacock seems to be one of the most peaceful Malawi cichlids we have come across. The fish accepts most any environment that has gravel/sand, rocks, and even live plants.
Aquarium diet: A. saulosi readily accept most foods: flakes, frozen, pellets, and live. A combination of flakes and frozen food is recommended.
You Need to Know: Not only do males develop their coloration and finnage over time, but coloration and finnage are especially variable among peacock males. In any given group that includes a number of specimens, there are likely to be a few extraordinary ("show") males, a larger number of above average specimens, and a larger number of average specimens. The average and above average groups can be encouraged to display better coloration by making them dominant within their aquarium and providing them with female companions. The aquarist should also be aware that immature peacocks are among the most drably colored of all aquarium fish.Aulonocara (peacock cichlids) are one of the best "starter" cichlids we offer. They are relatively problem-free, fast-growing and are not overly prone to maladies. When purchasing young, Armke's recommends obtaining about four to six juvenile specimens to help ensure a sex ratio.
Compatability: "Peacock" cichlids of the Aulonocara genus are among the most versatile of all the Rift Lake cichlids when it comes to compatability. Rarely is a peacock too aggressive for an African community setup. Rarely is a peacock not able to fend for itself when mixed with more aggressive species.
Observed spawning habits: Males will display for female's attention. A male will normally put on an elaborate show for the female whenever and wherever he feels like it. Courting rituals are spontaneous and exciting. A. saulosi is a maternal mouthbrooder.
Other information: This peacock is only occasionally available. Our initial supply had to be obtained via an exporter in Europe. It does not appear to be as prolific as most peacocks, and young specimens can be difficult to come by.
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