Common name: Blue Orchid
Scientific name: Aulonocara Kandeense
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: Mainly blue, hence the name Blue Orchid, the Aulonocara Kandeense tends to forage over the sand close to rocks and in their natural environment in lake Malawi the males will have caves among the rocks whilst the average depth breeding occurs is around 8 metres.