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The Maulana Bicolor Peacock Aulonocara stuartgranti “Maulana” is a beautiful and distinctive Peacock. It is easily recognized by its bluish head and body with a wide band of yellow just behind the head that extends into its pectoral fins. This two-toned cichlid is also known as the Bicolor Peacock, Aulonocara Maulana “Bi-Color 500” and the Aulonocara stuartgranti “Maulana Bi-Color 500”.
This is one of the well known varieties of the Flavescent Peacock Aulonocara stuartgranti. They are members of a very small group of fish from Lake Malawi, Africa known as the Peacock Cichlids, and they are very popular with aquarists. The Peacock Cichlids are placed in the Aulonocara genus which contains only about 23 species, but with many subspecies. It is the brilliant colorations of blues, reds and yellows that give this group the well deserved name of “Peacock”.
This beautiful Bicolor Peacock is named after Alfred Maulana who was one of Stuart Grant’s divers. Stuart Grant is the only licensed exporter of Malawi fishes. Like all Peacocks today however, this fish may be so inbred that true strains are hard to find unless they are wild caught or from a reputable dealer.
This is a smaller sized cichlid that reaches only about 2 – 4 inches (9 -10 cm) in length. It is very similar in appearance to another variety of Flavescent Peacock, its close relative the Maison’s Peacock Aulonocara stuartgranti “maisoni”. The “Maisoni” variety usually doesn’t have the the wide yellow band behind the head (or it is very slight) and it is also larger reaching about 5″ (12 cm) in length. Both these varieties are collected along the west coast of Lake Malawi in the area of Chitimba Bay. The Maulana Bicolor Peacock is found in shallower waters at about 16 feet (5 m). The “Maisoni” variety is found in deeper waters about 1 1/2 miles (2.5 km) from shore.
The Aulonocara, along with the Utaka Cichlids Copadichromis and other non-Mbuna’s, are members of the Haplochromis group. Haplochromis is the type genus of free-roaming browsers sometimes call “haps” or “happies”. They live in 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.
Like all the Peacocks these fish will quickly adapt to the aquarium and are easy to care for, thus making them a desirable pet. Provide open space for swimming and a lot of caves in which to hide, sleep, or breed. Water changes that are frequent also help in keeping this cichlid. They will eat a meaty diet and have an almost puppy like excitability when being fed, thus adding to their appeal.
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