The Aulonocara Kandeense or Blue Orchid Peacock, is an African cichlid found near Kande Island in Lake Malawi in southeastern Africa. This fish needs a hard water, alkaline environment with a high pH of 7.6-8.6, a temperature of 73-82 degrees Fahrenheit and a sandy substrate accented with rocks for protection and to provide for territorial behavior. A minimum tank size of 55 gallons is necessary for growth and breeding.
Blue Orchid Peacock cichlids are semi-aggressive carnivores that can grow up to 5 inches long, with females being slightly smaller. They prefer a high protein diet of blood worms and brine shrimp, but the diet can be supplemented with cichlid pellets and flake foods.
The Aulonocara Kandeense or Blue Orchid cichlid is a dimorphic species, with males developing a dark blue color with a bright blue blaze along the top of its mouth, dorsal fin, tail and pelvic fin. Bright yellow spots appear on the anal fin. Females are silver. Aulonocara Kandeense cichlids are maternal mouth-brooders. The females will spawn on the sandy substrate, then pick up the eggs and protect them in her mouth. Having at least two females per breeding male will lessen aggressive behavior in the male.
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