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Aulonocara Multispot – Aulonocara Gertrudae

aulonocara-gertrudaeCommon name: Aulonocara Multispot, Aulonocara Jumbo, Aulonocara Lupingu

Scientific name: Aulonocara Gertrudae

Average Adult Fish Size: 14cm / 5 Inches

Place of Origin: Lake Malawi

Typical Tank setup: Rocky Malawi tank with plenty of open swimming space

Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 200 Litres

Compatibility: Combine with other Lake Malawi hap and Aulonocara species

Temperature: 23-28 Deg C / 73-82 Deg F

Water chemistry:  pH 7.6-8.6

Feeding: Carnivorous – prefers live foods such as blood worms, snails or brine shrimp, but will generally accept frozen, flake or pellet foods.

Sexing: Males are larger and much more colourful

Breeding: Peacock Cichlids are ovophile mouthbrooders that form a matriarch family. The pair should be conditioned separately on mosquito larvae, bloodworms, and crustaceans. The water should have a pH from 8.0-8.2, a water hardness 10-18 dH, and a warmer temperature of 79-84°F (26-29°C). The female spawns a small number of eggs on the rocky bottom. These are fertilized by way of the dummy-egg method. The young should be raised on newly hatched Artemia and fine-grade flake foods.

Additional Information: Whilst fairly pale blue on the body, the Aulonocara Multispot has a strong deep blue in the face which is offset nicely by the yellow egg spots and yellow neck. This Aulonocara is found within the whole of the lake Malawi in South Africa which is why it has a variety of different common names.