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Aulonocara sp. “Lwanda” Red Top Lwanda

Discover the Aulonocara sp. ‘lwanda’, or Aulonocara Red Top, a dazzling cichlid from Lake Malawi, perfect for the intermediate aquarist. With its vibrant morphology, these cichlids boast a small size but striking appearance, thriving in rocky, intermediate-depth habitats. They primarily feed on insects and mollusks and exhibit unique polygynandrous breeding within mouth-brooding maternal care. Ideal for enhancing home aquariums, the Aulonocara Red Top offers a glimpse into the rich biodiversity of African waters.

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Description

Aulonocara sp. ‘lwanda’: The Aulonocara Red Top

Dive into the mesmerizing world of Aulonocara sp. ‘lwanda,’ also known as the Aulonocara Red Top. This remarkable cichlid species is native to Lake Malawi and is sure to captivate aquarists and enthusiasts with its unique characteristics.

Key Features:

Morphology: Aulonocara sp. ‘lwanda’ is a small species of cichlid with striking features.

Habitat: These fish are commonly found in intermediate-depth regions of lakes.

Feeding Habits: Aulonocara sp. ‘lwanda’ primarily feeds on insects and mollusks.

Breeding Behavior: They engage in polygynandrous mating and are mouth-brooders with maternal care.

Aquarium Suitability: Recommended for intermediate-level aquarists.

Native Range:

Aulonocara sp. ‘lwanda’ is native to Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania.
Distribution and Habitat:

These cichlids can be found at Hai Reef in Tanzania and approximately 10 kilometers further south at Chiwindi in Mozambique.

In their natural habitat, they inhabit shallow waters at depths ranging from two to seven meters, typically in rocky areas within the intermediate habitat of Lake Malawi.

Conservation Status:

Aulonocara sp. ‘lwanda’ is not evaluated by the IUCN Red List, but it faces significant threats due to overfishing by collectors of ornamental fishes. Its distribution is limited, and the total population is estimated to be fewer than 1000 individuals.
Feeding Habits:

These cichlids forage for food on the sandy bottom of caves and sediment on rocks, primarily consuming small insect larvae and crustaceans.
Breeding Behavior:

Males establish territories inside small caves with sandy bottoms. Neighboring males are typically found within a meter of each other. Females gather in small groups on the sand near the territorial males. Spawning occurs on the sand within the male’s cave, without the construction of a specific spawning dish.
Aquaristics:

Maintain a stable pH level between 7.0 and 8.5 in the aquarium, with a temperature range of 23°C to 28°C. Avoid overheating above 32°C, as it can be harmful to these cichlids.

Males can grow to approximately 11 cm, while females remain considerably smaller, with a maximum size ranging from 6 to 7 cm. It’s important to note that Aulonocara sp. ‘lwanda’ is closely related to A. sp. ‘walteri’ and should not be housed together to prevent hybridization.

Provide ample hiding places, especially large caves, to mimic their natural habitat.

Comments:

Aulonocara sp. ‘lwanda’ is undoubtedly one of the most visually striking cichlids found in Lake Malawi. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly rare in recent years due to collection pressures on its two small populations.
Elevate your aquarium with the captivating Aulonocara sp. ‘lwanda,’ known as the Aulonocara Red Top. Their unique features, intriguing behavior, and suitability for intermediate-level aquarists make them a fantastic addition for those seeking an extraordinary aquatic experience.

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