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The Rubin Red Peacock Aulonocara stuartgranti “Chipoka” is a favorite with its outstanding colors. It has bright oranges and reds strongly contrasted with bright blue markings on the face, tail, and fins. Both in its natural appearance and in color forms developed even further through captive breeding, these are some of the most sought after cichlids originating from Lake Malawi, Africa.
This cichlid is one of several well known varieties of the Flavescent Peacock Aulonocara stuartgranti. They are members of a very small group of fish that are known as the Peacock Cichlids, and they are very popular with aquarists. The Peacock Cichlids members of 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”.
The Rubin Red Peacock pictured above is a popular captive bred color morph. It has a more reddish coloration than the pure natural form. This variety was intentionally bred to enhance its red color. With extensive inbreeding carried out in Germany, in-line bred fish have been developed into two recognized color forms, today’s popular German Red Peacock as well as the ‘Rubin Red Peacock. However as with all Peacock cichlids, the Aulonocara stuartgranti “Chipoka” may be so inbred that true strains are hard to find unless they are wild caught or from a reputable dealer.
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.
This is a moderately sized Peacock reaching only about 5 inches (13 cm) in length. Along with its bright coloring and reasonable size it will quickly adapt to the aquarium, thus making 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.
Be careful not to confuse these fish with their very close relative the Sunshine Peacock Aulonocara stuartgranti “Maleri”. Both these Peacocks have a similar body coloring. The Sunshine Peacock is yellow in its natural form but has been developed in captive breeding for more orange in its coloring. The Aulonocara Stuartgranti “Chipoka” is naturally more orange or reddish, but it can be mistaken as is often imported under the common names Sunshine Peacock or Orange Peacock.
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