Aulonocara baenschi
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Aulonocara baenschi

Common Names: Benga
Benga Yellow
Sunshine Peacock
Yellow Regal African Cichlid
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: Africa; Nkhomo Reef & Benga, Endemic to Lake Malawi
Main Ecosystem: Rift Lake; Rift Lake
Temperament: Peaceful; Docile but is quite aggressive towards females. Several females to one male.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Good quality cichlid flake/pellet food, supplement occasionally with frozen brine, krill or mysis In the aquarium environment, this cichlid species is best kept with other docile cichlids
7.5 - 8.5
23°C - 27°C
73°F - 81°F
10 dH - 30 dH
Potential Size: Male: 13cm (5.1")
Female: 13cm (5.1")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males develops yellow throughout head, body and fins. Bottom half of head is blue, blue speckles throughout body and in the dorsal, caudal and anal fin. White rim along dorsal. Female is grey/brown.
Breeding: Mouth brooder. Males tend to be quite aggressive towards females. It is best to keep them with several females and a lot of rockwork. Typical broods between 20-40. All peacocks will interbreed freely so it is best to keep species separated for purposes of breeding.
Comments: A beautiful fish, that is easily cared for, and not overly aggressive when not spawning. One of the few species of fish, that show a bright yellow coloring. The males will show more intense coloration if kept with females.
Main Colours: Yellow, Blue, Brown
Markings: No Markings
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Flat
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Submitted By: Wingless Dragon
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