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The popular peacock cichlid Aulonocara stuartgranti comes in a variety of color morphs — all of which should be kept separate.

By Mike Wickham |

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The peacock cichlid (Aulonocara stuartgranti) from Lake Malawi has become a staple of the African cichlid hobby. Some say the colors of this fish even rival the colors of marine fish, and it would be hard to argue that point — at least, when speaking of the male peacocks. Male peacock cichlids can exhibit astounding colors at maturity. They can display a range of colors from iridescent blues to vibrant yellow-orange.

Females can be a bit bland; females of the various peacock species (Aulonocara spp.) and color morphs can look so much alike that it is hard to determine their species with a quick look. They share a familiar shape and have similar colors. Their bodies show a faint pattern of vertical bars from head to caudal peduncle. Juvenile males resemble females, too.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the July 2010 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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