Maison's Peacock - Aulonocara maisoni
Synonym: Aulonocara maisoni
Common name: Maison's Peacock
Maximum size: 13 cm / 5 inches
Origin: Lake Malawi
Company: Aulonocara maisoni (Maison's Peacock) is best kept with other Aulonocara species and other calm malawi cichlids.
Water parameters: Temperature 22-27°C / 72-81°F; pH 7.5 – 8.5
Aquarium setup: Aulonocara maisoni (Maison's Peacock) Requires stone formations that allows the fish good hiding places. Decorate the Aquarium so that several territories can be formed with natural boundaries. Leave a lot of free area for the fishes to swim on when you decorate your aquarium. Don’t use roots in your aquarium since they lower PH levels.
Feeding: Aulonocara maisoni (Maison's Peacock) accepts all kind of foods.
Breeding: Aulonocara maisoni (Maison's Peacock) should be kept in breeding groups consisting of 2 males to every 5 or 6 females. Aulonocara maisoni (Maison's Peacock) are mouth brooders, the eggs are laid on a rock and then taken into the female's mouth. The female will protect the batch of up to 25 fry in her mouth for up to 4 weeks and will not eat during this time. You can tell when a female is brooding by her enlarged mouth. Aulonocara maisoni (Maison's Peacock) fry will accepts most kinds of food. Brooding females should be isolated for more productive breeding. It is recommendable to try to make the isolation period as short as possible to avoid that the females loses their social status within the group. Stress to the female can cause her to eat her eggs and fry.
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