Scientific Name: Aulonocara rubescens
Origin: Lake Malawi
Temperature: 22 - 25 ℃
pH: 7.8 - 8.3
GH: 20 - 24
Max size: 12 cm
Min Tank size: 200 Ltr
Position in Aqua: No special swimming level
Always add plenty of rock work to the tank to create hiding places. Open swimming areas must be left at the front, especially along the substrate and mid regions.
Use quality flakes or cichlid pellets for the staple diet. Treats of blood worms, brine shrimp, krill and mysis will be readily accepted.
These fish are mouth brooders, after spawning the female will collect the eggs for incubation, the male will take no further part in raising the young. The fry should be released after 3 weeks and they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or crushed flake.
They are generally peaceful, although males may quarrel over females or territory. In the wild, they live in large groups.
Provide smooth rocks to form caves and, because they need hard, alkaline water to thrive, lay down a fine-grade dolomite or coral-based gravel substrate. This is a sizable fish that needs room to swim and maneuver.