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Aulonocara sp. Firefish
Dragon Blood Peacock Cichlid

    Aulonocara sp. Firefish, Dragon Blood Peacock Cichlid

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  • Max Size:

    6.0"

  • Temperament:

    Semi-aggressive

  • Water Temperature:

    78 - 82°F

  • Diet:

    Carnivore

  • Min. Tank Size:

    50 Gal

  • Description:

    The Aulonocara sp. Firefish, or Dragon Blood Peacock cichlid is not native to the African rift lakes, but is a hybrid fish, like the OB Peacock cichlid. Nobody really knows where this fish was originally bred but because it is a hybrid, they can be found in various shades of orange, pink and red. The most common Aulonocara Firefish displays a bright pink/red color over most of its body with light blue to almost white colors on its head and edges of its dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins, and tail.

  • Compatibility:

    The Dragon Blood Peacock cichlid is fairly mild mannered like many other peacock cichlids. Dominant males may show increased levels of aggression towards other male Aulonocara species. Breeding males will also show increased levels of aggression. Some compatible cichlids are the Red Shoulder Peacock Cichlid, the Lemon Jake Peacock and the Azureus cichlid.

  • Tank Requirements and Feeding:

    Although not native to the hard alkaline waters of Lake Malawi, Dragon Blood Peacocks are like other peacock cichlids and prefer very hard water. A home aquarium should have warm hard water with a temperature between 78 - 82°F and a pH between 7.8 - 8.6. Additives like Cichlid Lake Salt and Malawi/Victoria Buffer will condition the aquarium water for African cichlids. The substrate iconshould be sand or fine gravel and there should be plenty of rocks to create caves and passageways for the fish to claim territories or seek protection.

    Aulonocara sp. Firefish are carnivores and should be fed a diet that contains a good amount of protein. Plankton based flakes mixed with commercially prepared cichlid pellets iconand the occasional feeding of live (or frozen) brine shrimp or blood worms iconare good choices for their diet. Such foods will help bring out the bright colors in these fish.

  • Breeding:

    The Firefish Peacock cichlid is sexually dimorphic, which means that the male displays bright colors while the female is much more plain. The male Firefish displays colors that can be bright orange, pink or red and the female is usually close to white in color with a hint of very light pink behind its gills.

    Like all Aulonocara, the Aulonocara sp. Firefish, or Dragon Blood Peacock cichlid is a mouthbrooder. While spawning, the female will pick up and hold the eggs in her mouth to protect them. It is best to have several females with one male when breeding these fish. This will help divide any male aggression between the females.

    All Aulonocara species will hybridize. If you want to avoid hybridization, it is best to either, only keep males, or only keep one species of Aulonocara.