Common name: Long Nose Peacock
Scientific name: Aulonocara Rostratum
Average Adult Fish Size: 19cm / 7.5 Inches
Place of Origin: Lake Malawi
Typical Tank setup: Rocky Malawi tank with plenty of open swimming space.
Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 300 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: Carnivore – Best thrives on specially made African Cichlid pellets or flakes.
Sexing: Males are larger and much more colourful as adults, juvenile fish are difficult to sex.
Breeding: Aulonocara Rostratum are maternal mouthbrooders like many of the African Cichlids. The male will entice a mate and as the female lays her eggs he will fertilize them. The process continues till all the eggs are fertilized and the female holds them in her mouth for 3-4 weeks during which time she does not eat.
Additional Information: This strange looking cichlid is the largest of the peacock cichlids. It grows to around 7.5inches perhaps slightly more and has an unmistakable long nose and a narrow head. This fish is rather mild mannered considering it’s size but it is not as colourful as most African Cichlids. The males of this species display a light blue hue to the head, which in dominance can cover the entire body. However it’s unique appearance and large size make it an interesting addition. Due to the diet of this fish and it’s size it is best kept with other Malawi haps and peacocks.