African Butterfly Peacock Cichlid (Aulonocara jacobfreibergi)

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The African Butterfly Peacock Aulonocara jacobfreibergi is one of the most colorful of the Peacock cichlids. It is also one of the most variable, with natural color strains that can be very different between populations. These cichlids are some of the largest members of the Peacock family, though size too depends on the location they are from. They can range anywhere from 4 inches (10 cm) in length up to about 9 inches (23 cm).

Peacocks are a very popular group of cichlids from Lake Malawi, Africa. They are members of the Aulonocara genus which has only about 23 species, but with many subspecies. It is the brilliant colorations of blues, reds and yellows that have given rise to the well deserved name of “Peacock cichlids”. Most members can be recognized by the tiny wrinkles around the head. These are sonar sensory pits that allow them to locate small crustacean prey that hides in the sand.

The great variability of this African Butterfly Peacock, the A. jacobfreibergi strain, has led to many common names for individual populations. But as a group they are known by other common names like Malawi Butterfly Cichlid, Eureka Cichlid, Fairy Cichlid, Freiberg’s Peacock, Jakes or Jake Cichlid, and Mamalela Peacock. This species is one of the most “finny” of the Peacocks, and they have a distinct feature that separates them from other butterfly peacocks, which is a deeply forked tail fin. Thus they are sometimes referred to as “Swallow Tail” peacocks as well.

The Aulonocara genus, along with the Utaka Cichlids of the Copadichromis genus and other non-Mbuna kinds of cichlids, are all members of the Haplochromis group. Haplochromis is the type genus of free-roaming browsers sometimes call “haps” or “happies”. They live in the more sandy areas and open waters, and are generally larger cichlids than their Mbuna “rock-dwelling” counterparts. They also are more peaceful cichlids and should not be housed with the highly active and aggressive Mbunas.

These cichlids are not only beautifully adorned, but are easy to care for, thus making them a desirable pet. They are enjoyed by beginning cichlid keepers and experts alike. Provide them with open space for swimming and a lot of caves in which to hide, sleep, or breed. This comfortable decor along with regular water changes makes for a stress-free environment. Being one of the most carnivorous of the cichlids they enjoy a meaty diet. They are almost puppy like in their excitability when being fed, thus adding to their appeal.


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