Sulfur Head Peacock Cichlid


Aulonocara Maylandi

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Aulonocara maylandi: The Sulfurhead Aulonocara

Introducing the Sulfurhead Aulonocara, a remarkable cichlid species that originates from the depths of Lake Malawi. These vibrant fish are a magnificent addition to any aquarium, whether you’re an experienced enthusiast or just starting your aquatic journey.

Key Features:

Stunning Appearance: Male Sulfurhead Aulonocara are adorned with eye-catching yellow blazes on their heads and backs, making them a captivating and visually striking addition to your tank.

Size: In their natural habitat, males reach a mature length of about 100 mm.

Breeding Behavior: These fish exhibit mouth-brooding behavior and engage in polygynandrous mating.

Habitat: Sulfurhead Aulonocara are typically found in the submerged reefs of Chimwalani (Eccles Reef) and Luwala (West Reef) within Lake Malawi.

Distribution and Conservation:

Native Range: These fish are endemic to the submerged reefs of Chimwalani (Eccles Reef) and Luwala (West Reef) in Lake Malawi.

Conservation Status: Classified as “Critically Endangered” on the IUCN Red List (2018), primarily due to concerns about overfishing by collectors of ornamental fish.

Habitat and Feeding:

Natural Habitat: In Lake Malawi, these cichlids are commonly found over sandy areas adjacent to rocky reefs at an average depth of approximately 15 meters.

Water Conditions: Lake Malawi boasts a pH level of about 8.3, with water temperatures varying between 20°C in the dry season and up to 30°C in sheltered bays during the rainy season.

Feeding Habits: Sulfurhead Aulonocara feed on small invertebrates living in the sand, using their specialized cephalic pores to locate their prey.


Tank Conditions: To keep these fish healthy, maintain a pH level between 7.0 and 8.5 in your aquarium and ensure a stable temperature ranging from 23°C to 28°C, avoiding overheating above 32°C.

Behavior: While males are generally peaceful towards other cichlids, it’s advisable to keep them individually to prevent hybridization with other Aulonocara species.

Reproduction: Males establish territories beneath large rocks and stand at cave entrances to attract females for spawning.


Close Relatives: Sulfurhead Aulonocara may share a close genetic relationship with the “Yellow Collar Aulonocara” from the southern regions of Lake Malawi.
Elevate your aquarium with the breathtaking Sulfurhead Aulonocara. Their striking appearance, intriguing behavior, and relative ease of care make them a fantastic choice for enthusiasts seeking a unique and captivating addition to their aquatic world.

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