Benga Yellow Caring Guideline: How To Breed Aulonocara Baenschi


Aulonocara baenschi

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Wild Caught Male Aulonocara baenschi pictured. Females pictured below.

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Aulonocara baenschi “Nkhomo Reef” male and female pictured

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Aulonocara baenschi “Nkhomo Reef” females pictured.

  • Common Names:  Sunshine Peacock, Benga, Benga Yellow.
  • Location collected from:  Nkhomo Reef near Benga
  • Approximate Size:  Males 4.5″   Females 4″
  • Food: Not a picky eater.  Eats flake food quite well and loves an occasional snack of Brine Shrimp or Mosquito Larvae.
  • Water Conditions:  Fairly tolerant of pH and hardness levels.  Will do well between a pH of 7.5 to 8.5 and a temperature range of 75 – 82 degrees F.
  • Breeding Behavior:  Mouthbrooder.   Males tend to be quite aggressive towards females.  It is best to keep them with several females and alot of rock work.  Adult size females typically have broods between 20 and 40, with occasional larger spawns.  All peacocks will interbreed freely so it is best to keep species seperated for purposes of breeding.  Female peacocks can be differentiated between but it takes years of keeping each species to be able to distinguish the differences.
  • Tankmates:  Does well with Utaka species, can be kept with calmer Mbuna.

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