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The Lawanda Peacock Cichlid, also known as Aulonocara sp. "Lawanda," is a species of freshwater fish that is native to Lake Malawi in East Africa. Here is a species overview of this fish:
- The Lawanda Peacock Cichlid is a small to medium-sized cichlid, with males growing up to 6 inches in length and females up to 4 inches. They have a distinctive, elongated body shape with a pointed head and large, fan-shaped dorsal fin.
- This fish has a striking appearance, with males displaying bright, iridescent colors ranging from blue to purple, with orange or yellow highlights. Females are typically a duller color, with a grayish or brownish body and black bars on their fins.
- The Lawanda Peacock Cichlid is an omnivore and will eat a variety of foods, including flakes, pellets, and live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp or bloodworms.
- They prefer a well-planted aquarium with a temperature range of 75-81°F and a pH range of 7.8-8.6. They also need good filtration and regular water changes to maintain good water quality.
- The Lawanda Peacock Cichlid is a peaceful fish that can be kept in community tanks with other peaceful fish of similar size and temperament. However, they can be territorial during breeding, so it is best to keep only one male in a tank with multiple females.
- Breeding is relatively easy with this species, as they are maternal mouthbrooders and will carry their eggs and fry in their mouths for several weeks until they are ready to be released.
- The Lawanda Peacock Cichlid is a popular species in the aquarium trade due to its striking appearance and peaceful temperament. It is also relatively easy to care for and breed, making it a great choice for both beginner and experienced aquarists.