Common Name: Aulonocara stuartgranti Chipoka, German Red Peacock, Ruby Red Cichlid
Adult Size: 5 inches
Life Expectancy: 6 - 10 years
Habitat:Lake Malawi, Africa
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallon
Ideal Tank Conditions:
Temperature Range: 73.0 to 84.0° F
pH Range: 7.7 - 8.6
Hardness Range: 6 - 10
Diet & Nutrition: Omnivore but it will eat mostly meaty foods. Provide them with a meaty diet; pellets, frozen and freeze-dried daphnia, bloodworms and brine shrimp are excellent choices. Avoid tubifex worms as they contribute to a disease called "Malawi bloat." Shrimp mixes are also a good choice.
Breeding & Spawning: Mouth brooder; should have their own breeding tank. A cichlid couple guarding their babies can be a force to reckon with and this aggression is acted out on other tank mates. A 100 gallon tank is suggested.
Gender: Males are more colorful with the back part of their dorsal and anal fins being sharper. Females are drabber with darker vertical bars and rounded anal and dorsal fins.