Aulonocara Hansbaenschi - Emperor/Nyassae
Aulonocara Stuartgranti (Hansbaenschi) – Emperor/Nyasse Peacock, Unsexed 2-3", Farm raised
Average Adult Fish Size: 6”
Place of Origin: Lake Malawi, in the areas of Chiloelo and Mozambique
Feeding: High Quality Flake, High Quality Pellets
Temperament: Peaceful, Conspecific Aggressive
Males develop a dark metallic blue color which covers their face and most of their body, including their dorsal fin, anal fin, and tail fin. This is a beautiful looking peacock. Some will have a slight red color on their body behind the gill plates as well as on their pelvic fins. They also have darker vertical stripes on their sides. Males will get to be about 5-6" in length and females will be a little smaller.
Inhabits the intermediate zones of the lake, where rocky shores give way to sandy bottoms with scattered rocks. Has been observed to show a distinct preference for rocky caves and crevices in relatively shallow (3-6 metres deep) water. This is in contrast to most other members of the genus, which tend to forage over sand, but similar to behaviour seen in Jacobfreibergi.
Aulonocara are benthophagous by nature, meaning they employ a method of feeding whereby mouthfuls of substrate are taken and sifted for edible items with the remaining material expelled via the gills and mouth. They’re equally-skilled at hunting as grazing, tending to hover above the substrate until tiny movements are detected. They possess enlarged sensory pores on the head which assist in this prey location.
A relatively peaceful species although males tend to act aggressively towards any fish with a similar color pattern.
As with nearly all peacocks the females are a drab olive brown with vertical bars.