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The Sunshine Peacock Cichlid (Aulonocara sp. stuartgranti Maleri) has a golden-yellow body with a shimmering blue head. Females are dimmer than the brighter males. The Sunshine Peacock is quite small, measuring about 2″ to 6″ over their 10-year lifespan.
The Aulonocara sp. stuartgranti Maleri resides in the lakes and rivers of tropical East Africa, Central and South America, as well as Southeast and the Indian subcontinent of Asia. They need plenty of space from one another. Appropriately arranged rocks and fine sand are essential to establish boundaries and avoid tank mate aggression. The Sunshine Peacock Cichlid requires a tank temperature of 77-84 degrees Fahrenheit and a pH balance of 7.5-9.0. Being a brackish fish, it thrives well in hard water with a low-to-moderate salinity.
Females are more sociable than males which often make their homes among rocks. Males are more territorial and should be kept at a minimum to avoid aggression. Peacocks are reported to be rather aggressive yet