Ob Peacock Cichlid (Aulonocara Sp.)
The Ob Peacock Cichlid, also known as the Orange Blotch Peacock, is a stunning and popular African cichlid species. This species is part of the Aulonocara genus, which includes various colorful peacock cichlids. The Ob Peacock Cichlid is native to Lake Malawi, specifically the rocky habitats along the eastern coast.
In terms of appearance, the Ob Peacock Cichlid is known for its vibrant colors and unique patterns. Males display a striking combination of red, orange, yellow, and blue hues, with a distinct blotch pattern on their bodies. Females are less colorful but still exhibit subtle shades of yellow and blue. Adult Ob Peacock Cichlids can reach a size of around 4 to 6 inches.
The temperament of Ob Peacock Cichlids is relatively peaceful compared to some other cichlid species. They generally have a calm and non-aggressive personality, making them suitable for community aquariums. However, it is important to note that males can display territorial behavior, especially during breeding periods.
Ob Peacock Cichlids prefer the middle to upper levels of the aquarium and are known for their active swimming patterns. They are not shoaling or schooling fish and do well as individuals or in small groups. Keeping a single male with multiple females can help spread out aggression and promote natural breeding behaviors.
When it comes to tank mates, Ob Peacock Cichlids are compatible with other Lake Malawi cichlids, especially those with similar temperament and size. Ideal tank mates include other peacock cichlids, such as the Blue Peacock and Sunshine Peacock. It is best to avoid aggressive or territorial fish that may pose a threat to the peaceful nature of the Ob Peacock Cichlid.
In terms of diet, Ob Peacock Cichlids are omnivorous. They have a preference for a balanced diet consisting of high-quality cichlid pellets or flakes. Supplementing their diet with occasional live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and daphnia can provide additional nutrients and variety.
Creating an ideal tank habitat for Ob Peacock Cichlids involves replicating their natural rocky environment. The aquarium should have a sandy substrate to mimic their native lakebed. Adding plenty of rocks and caves will provide hiding spots, territories, and breeding areas for the fish. Suitable plants for the aquarium include hardy species like Anubias, Java Fern, and Vallisneria. Lighting should be moderate, providing both shaded areas and areas with gentle illumination.
In terms of water parameters and tank size, Ob Peacock Cichlids thrive in freshwater conditions. The minimum recommended aquarium size for a single Ob Peacock Cichlid is around 50 gallons, but larger tanks are preferred, especially when housing multiple individuals. The water should have a pH range of 7.5-8.5, hardness between 6-10 dGH, and a temperature range of 75-82°F (24-28°C).
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