Common Name: OB Peacock, The meaning of OB is Orange blotched.
Origin: NOT naturally found in Lake Malawi.
Diet: Premium flake food & small pellets, Frozen: Brine Shrimp, Mysis shrimp, bloodworms and plankton.
Size: Males 6 inches, Females 4 inches
Sent 2.5 inches
Water Conditions: pH 7.4 to 8.2; water temperature 76 to 82 degrees F.
Introduced: This OB Peacock Cichlid is a man made hybrid created by crossing a male Aulonocara species with an OB female mbuna, a rock dweller.
Sexing: Males are brightly colored with a brilliant, metallic head. The body may be dominated by a blue or orange to yellow cast. Eggs spots are common on males. Females lack the brilliant blue head and are often a pale yellow with the spots
Breeding: Males will create a nest in a cave and court the female to his nest. As the eggs are laid the female picks them up in her mouth. Eggs hatch in 3 days but fry do emerge from the female’s mouth for about 3 weeks. It is best to have more than one female in the tank and to remove a brooding female from the main tank to a nursery tank. Fry will eat baby brine shrimp.
Behavior: The OB Peacock is a peaceful fish and care must be taken if mixed in smaller tanks (less than 55 gallons) with other mbuna or rock dwellers. Peacocks do best with a sandy substrate so they may easily search for food. Peacocks may also be kept with larger, semi aggressive fish such as silver dollars, tiger barbs, Congo tetras and rainbow fish.
Sold at 2-3 inches.